Example of Transformational Change
Heart failure patients 50 years of age or older with low socioeconomic status and health literacy were randomly assigned to pharmacist-intervention or usual care groups and followed for 12 months.
Among patients who received pharmacist-provided medication management, medication adherence was significantly increased, while emergency department visits and hospital admissions were decreased 19.4% Annual direct health care costs were also decreased in the intervention group. See Murray MD, Young J, Hoke S, et al. Pharmacist intervention to improve medication adherence in heart failure: a randomized trial. Ann Intern Med. 2007;146(10):714-25.
ASHP Best Practices and Resources
- Statement on the role of health-system pharmacists in public health [PDF]
- Guidelines on the pharmacist’s role in immunization [PDF]
- Statement on the pharmacist’s role in antimicrobial stewardship and infection prevention control [PDF]
- Pharmacy in Public Health: Basics and Beyond
- Safe Medication: Consumer medication website