Dr. Nazri Nordin

Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia

Title: STARZ-DRP: An advance approach for palliative homecare services


Palliative Homecare Services (PMS) must be delivered by a group of well-trained healthcare practitioners involving of nurses, physicians, and pharmacists. They must have particular knowledge and skills to determine the patient’s need rather than their desirable. Such knowledge and skills should be conformed to a high standard of practice and well understood by the healthcare practitioners. Nonetheless, most of the time, the nurses are the sole practitioner who provide PMS in the absence of physicians and pharmacists. They shall work hand-to-hand with the patients and family members to ensure the therapy plan established by the physicians and pharmacists achieves the patients’ needs. For that reason, the nurses should have the essential knowledge and skills on how to inform the physicians or pharmacists about wanted or unwanted outcomes notified in the therapy plan. Therefore, STARZ-DRP is introduced to PMS as a potential approach or method to guide the nurses, physicians, and pharmacists on how to deliver high standard of PMS. STARZ-DRP is a simple mnemonic which was established by a group of clinical researchers from Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia based on the principle of pharmaceutical care to manoeuvre the healthcare practitioners to determine patients’ drug-related needs as well as identify, prevent, and resolve actual or potential drug-related problems. STARZ-DRP had involved in a validation study to assess its abilities to ascertain the role of the practitioners to determine the drug-related needs and drug-related problems. Foremost, STARZ-DRP had involved in a previous study to ensure its feasibilities to be put into the actual practice. Therefore, it is hope that the approach shall have the chance to lead the healthcare practitioners the way to provide PMS.


Nazri Nordin had completed his first Degree in Pharmacy (1998), Master of Science in Clinical Pharmacy (2014) and Doctorate Degree in Clinical Pharmacy (2018) from Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia. He had contributed to the academic world via introducing STARZ-DRP as a potential approach to manoeuvre the healthcare providers to consult minor and major illnesses, focusing on determine patients’ drug-related needs and drug-related problems. Within the past 3 years, he had 18 publications that have been cited over 80 times and his-publication h-index is 5. At this moment, he is working with Universiti Sains Malaysia to write several books related to pharmacotherapeutic decision on major diseases - cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney failure, cancerous and non-cancerous tumours, hyper- and hypothyroidism and diabetes mellitus type 1 and 2, diabetes ketoacidosis and insipidus.