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Survey Unveils Evidence of New Opportunities for Pharmacists in Integrated Health Systems

Cheryl A. Thompson

The “ASHP Survey of Managed Care and Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice—1999,” which queried 400 pharmacy managers and administrators on issues such as how pharmacists within the systems spent their time, unveiled compelling evidence of new opportunities for enhanced patient care.

Supported by an unrestricted grant from Pfizer, the study found that since 1997, the amount of time pharmacists spend in ambulatory care has expanded dramatically in breadth and scope. For example, more than half of the respondents indicated that of 24 functions typically performed in ambulatory care settings, 13 are now considered routine activities, up from nine in 1997. Critical to that expansion are enabling factors often found in settings that allow pharmacists more latitude in providing direct patient care. Support from medical staff and senior management are just two of the factors found to empower ambulatory care pharmacists. 

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