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7/28/2003
Press Release

ASHP Provides Tool to Assess, Close Gaps In Relation To Best Practices

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is launching a major new effort to help promote best practices in health-system pharmacy.  The ASHP Best Practices Self-Assessment Tool will provide pharmacy managers with an easy-to-use instrument to identify possible gaps in relation to best practices. 
 
The Best Practices Self-Assessment Tool is designed to be used as part of a pharmacy’s quality improvement process, with survey content grouped into nine core function categories.  After completing the online survey, participants will receive results, pointing to key areas targeted for improvement.  Participants also will receive an individualized list of resources available to help resolve specific problem areas.  Additionally, the institution will receive a numerical score reflecting their compliance with these best practices that can be used to benchmark itself against national statistics or track incremental improvements over time.
 
The new tool is integral to the Society’s Health-System Pharmacy 2015 Initiative, which will identify the most important medication-use quality gaps which health-system pharmacists can influence and set goals, objectives, and measurement targets for key improvements.
 
“ASHP is committed to helping our members improve health-system pharmacy practice,” said Daniel Ashby, M.S., FASHP, ASHP president. “We hope that pharmacy managers throughout the country will use this tool to augment their patient safety efforts.”
 
The Best Practices Self Assessment Tool is free to ASHP members and can be found on the Society’s Web site at www.ASHPBestPracticesSAT.com or in the Practice Manager section of www.ashp.org
 
This initiative builds on the success of ASHP’s Best Practices Award program, both of which are supported by Pfizer Inc. Pharmacy managers are encouraged to submit improvement programs inspired by this initiative to ASHP in consideration for the award. For more information about the Best Practices Award, see www.ashpadvantage.com/bestpractices/info.htm.
 
Survey content was developed by an expert panel using ASHP’s Best Practices for Health-System Pharmacy, 2002-2003 edition, with related practice guidelines and position statements. 
 
ASHP is the 30,000-member national professional association that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, ambulatory care clinics, long-term care facilities, home care, and other components of health care systems. ASHP, which has a long history of medication-error prevention efforts, believes that the mission of pharmacists is to help people make the best use of medicines.  Assisting pharmacists in fulfilling this mission is ASHP's primary objective.  The Society has extensive publishing and educational programs designed to help members improve their professional practice, and it is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs. For more information, visit www.ashp.org or www.safemedication.com.