Munther Al Najjar, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

Al Ain Campus

+971 3 7024871

munther.alnajjar@aau.ac.ae

Education

Ph.D. Clinicl Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice, School of Pharmacy, Queen’s University Belfast, UK

M.Sc. Pharmacy, University of Jordan, Jordan

B.Pharm. Philadelphia University, Jordan

Research Interests

Implementation / evaluation of several approaches to optimising antibiotic use and infection control. Evaluating and improving specific elements in antibiotic stewardship programme.  Studying and analysis of epidemiological data with regards to antibiotic prescribing trends and variations in pathogen incidence rates throughout primary and secondary care settings.

Selected Publications

M.S. Alnajjar, M.A. Aldeyab, M.G. Scott, M.P. Kearney, G. Fleming, F. Gallagher AND J.C. McElnay (2016) Incidence of catheter–related bloodstream infections.  Hospital Pharmacy Europe Journal, issue 81, 41-47.

 

Basheti, Iman; Tadros, Odet; Alnajjar, Munther; Aburuz, Salah Assessing patient satisfaction with the Medication Management Review Service delivered in Jordan (2019).  Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, 10 (1): 49-55

 

Munther S. Alnajjar, Lama M. Zamzoum and Dima A. Saeed(2019) Barriers to Adverse Drug Reaction Reporting in Community Practice in UAE.  Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, 10 (3): 373-380.

 

M.S. Alnajjar, M.A. Aldeyab, M.G. Scott, M.P. Kearney, G. Fleming, F. Gallagher AND J.C. McElnay (2019).     Influence of primary care antibiotic prescribing on incidence rates of multidrug resistant gram-negative bacteria in hospitalised patients. Infection Journal.   https://doi.org/10.1007/s15010-019-01305-6.

 

 

Conferences

  1.  M.S. Alnajjar, M.A. Aldeyab, M.G. Scott, M.P. Kearney, G. Fleming, F. Gallagher AND J.C. McElnay (2019).     Influence of primary care antibiotic prescribing on incidence rates of extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing bacteria in hospitalized patients. International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, 41 (1): 470. (Conference paper).

Professional Experience

1/4/2000 - 8/5/2001: Staff Hospital Pharmacist (in patient pharmacy services), The Specialty Hospital, Jordan.

1/9/2001 - 5/10/2003: Staff   Hospital Pharmacist (in patient pharmacy services), Al Essra Hospital, Jordan.

13/11/2003 - 1/3/2008: Senior Hospital Pharmacist and Drug Information Specialist, KingKhalid Hospital, King SaudUniversity, Riyadh, KSA

1/06/2008 - 30/09/2012: Ward-based Specialist Pharmacist (within adult and pediatric intensive care units), Tawam Hospital in affiliation with Johns Hopkins Medicine, Alain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

01/09/2015 – 19/9/2016: Assistant Professor of clinical pharmacy therapeutics, Applied Science University, Amman, Jordan.

20 August 2016 -  Present:  Assistant Professor of clinical pharmacy and therapeutics (in both programmes M.Sc. in clinical pharmacy, as well as B.Sc. in pharmacy), Al Ain University of Science and Technology, Al Ain, UAE.

 

 

Teaching Courses

Pharmacotherapy courses, pharmacology, pharmacy practices in Hospitals.

Memberships

  • Registered Pharmacist, Ministry of Health, Jordan,  License No.: 5567

  • Registered pharmacist, Pharmaceutical Association, Jordan. Certificate No.: 5772

  • Registered specialist pharmacist, Saudi Council for Healthy Specialties, KSA.  License No.: 04-R-P-22163

  • Registered hospital pharmacist, Health Authority of Abu Dhabi (HAAD), United Arab Emirates. License No.: GP 12235

Article

Assessing patient satisfaction with the Medication Management Review service delivered in Jordan

Published in: Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research

Mar 01, 2019

/ Munther Al Najjar

Objective To investigate the effect of the Medication Management Review (MMR) service on the number of treatment‐related problems (TRPs), patient satisfaction and factors affecting patient satisfaction. Methods This prospective, randomized controlled trial was conducted at community pharmacies in Amman, Jordan. Eligible patients were randomized into active and control groups. A validated Pharmaceutical Care Manual was used for data collection and to identify TRPs for both groups. Identified TRPs for patients in the active group were resolved at the pharmacist level or sent to the patients’ physicians for approval and implementation. Patients in both groups were followed up at 3 months to determine the number of TRPs end of the study. Patients in the active group completed a validated, Likert scale MMR‐satisfaction questionnaire. Factors affecting satisfaction were assessed through multiple regression analysis. Key findings Outpatients with chronic conditions (n = 160) were recruited into the study, with mean age 53.01 ± 15.39; mean number of medical conditions of 3.56 ± 1.15 and 4.73 ± 1.79 mean number of medications. A mean number of 5.37 ± 3.01 TRPs per patient was identified, with no significant difference between both groups (active group n = 82, 5.57 ± 2.68; control n = 78, 5.18 ± 3.36, P = 0.412). At follow‐up, significantly lower number of TRPs were identified for patients in the active group compared to patients in the control group (1.06 ± 1.30 versus 4.53 ± 3.43, P < 0.001). Majority of patients were satisfied/very satisfied with the service (n = 77, 94.5%). A lower number of TRPs at follow‐up (B = −0.438; t = −4.477, P < 0.001) and higher number of TRPs agreed upon and implemented (B = 0.553; t = 6.949, P < 0.001) were significantly associated with higher level of patient satisfaction. Conclusion The MMR has proven to be an effective pharmaceutical care service when delivered in a developing country, such as Jordan. It led to high patient satisfaction, which was significantly associated with lower number of TRPs at follow‐up.