Drug Therapy Problems

Another necessary building block for a model of medications use is the concept of a drug therapy problem. A drug therapy problem is any circumstance that a competent professional would judge to be inconsistent with achieving the objective of drug therapy. A DTP is overt, i.e., potentially detectable by a patient, caregiver, or professional, and is specific to a patient and time. In other words, DTPs are detectable in principle, although many may be undetected in fact. A DTP is part of the...