Serena Rix

BSc(Hons) Pharm, Pharm D
Pharmacist, Grey Nuns Hospital (Unit 43)


Serena Rix is a palliative care pharmacist at the Grey Nuns Hospital in Edmonton. She was born in London, England and raised in Guernsey, in the Channel Islands. She received her BSc (Hons) in pharmacy from Brighton University and moved to Alberta shortly afterwards, where she raised 4 daughters and completed her Pharm D from the University of Colorado. She is an Adjunct Member of the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Alberta where she continues to teach. Research interests include the role of the pharmacist in palliative care. In 2016, Serena was awarded the Apex Award of Excellence by the Alberta College of Pharmacists. In her spare time Serena enjoys reading, hiking, training her dog, and spending time with her 2 grandsons, (pandemic permitting).


Many a Slip 'Twixt Script & Lips: Exploring Why Patients Do Not Take Medications as Prescribed and Considering Potential Solutions Medications play an important role in symptom control management in patients with a life-limiting illness. Unfortunately, there are frequently differences between how a medication is been prescribed and what is actually taken. This presentation explores some reasons for these discrepancies and considers how pharmacists can provide potential solutions in the institutional setting and at home

3 Learning Objectives

1) Explain why there are discrepancies between the prescriber's intention and what the patient actually takes.

2) Describe the pharmacists' role in effective prescribing in both hospital and community settings as well as facilitating the transfer between them

3) Discuss potential strategies to minimize non-adherence including improving communications, education, and the use of technology

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