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    Clinical pharmacy plays an integral role in optimizing inpatient care. Nevertheless, prioritising patient care remains a critical challenge for pharmacists in a hectic medical ward. In Malaysia, clinical pharmacy practice has a paucity of standardized tools to prioritise patient care. Our aim is to develop and validate a pharmaceutical assessment screening tool (PAST) to guide medical ward pharmacists in our local hospitals to effectively prioritise patient care. This study involved 2 major phases; (1) development of PAST through literature review and group discussion, (2) validation of PAST using a three-round Delphi survey. Twenty-four experts were invited by email to participate in the Delphi survey. In each round, experts were required to rate the relevance and completeness of PAST criteria and were given chance for open feedback. The 75% consensus benchmark was set and criteria with achieved consensus were retained in PAST. Experts' suggestions were considered and added into PAST for rating. After each round, experts were provided with anonymised feedback and results from the previous round. Three Delphi rounds resulted in the final tool (rearranged as mnemonic 'STORIMAP'). STORIMAP consists of 8 main criteria with 29 subcomponents. Marks are allocated for each criteria in STORIMAP which can be combined to a total of 15 marks. Patient acuity level is determined based on the final score and clerking priority is assigned accordingly. STORIMAP potentially serves as a useful tool to guide medical ward pharmacists to prioritise patients effectively, hence establishing acuity-based pharmaceutical care. Copyright: © 2023 Chang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


    Cheok Ee Chang, Rahela Ambaras Khan, Chan Yen Tay, Baavaanii Thangaiyah, Victor Sheng Teck Ong, Sabariah Pakeer Oothuman, Shazwani Zulkifli, Nur Fatin Najwa Azemi, Pavithira Subramaniam. Development and validation of a pharmaceutical assessment screening tool to prioritise patient care in a tertiary care hospital. PloS one. 2023;18(3):e0282342

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