Embedded Pharmacists in Primary Care
MacKinnon III, PhD (editor)
Lamberton, PharmD (editor)
As healthcare delivery moves from a provider-centric approach to a more patient-centric approach, systems and payers need to reimagine how care and team-based care is delivered to patients and reimbursed. Thus, the goal should be to see the right patient, by the right provider, in the right place, for the right price, and where appropriate, with the use of the right pharmaceutical(s) – “5 P’s”. There continues to be a reduction in physicians that are pursuing primary care roles in the United States, thus exacerbating the ability to meet patient demand. Most patient encounters begin with or end with the prescribing of medication. Thus, a future where pharmacists are embedded in primary care settings allows these pharmacists to collaborate at the point-of-prescribing (i.e., in-clinic) and provides tremendous benefits to providers and patients. The pharmacist workforce is educated at the doctoral level, yet vastly underutilized and can assist in a collaborative approach in primary care. The collection of articles in the Special Issue “Embedded Pharmacists in Primary Care” highlight examples of models that have included pharmacists in the ambulatory setting providing services in chronic disease management, comprehensive medication management, and care of specific conditions such as diabetes.
Keywordsdiabetes; hypertension; dyslipidemia; primary care; family medicine; comprehensive medication management; primary health care; pharmacy; evidence-based pharmacy practice; health outcomes; academic; dissemination; practice transformation; implementation science; quality improvement; pharmacist; collaborative practice agreement; patient care extender; electronic health record; electronic dashboard; medical education; graduate medical education; interprofessional; ambulatory pharmacy; practice growth; academic medical center; innovative practice; comprehensive medications management; practice management; ambulatory care; clinical pharmacy; chronic care management; team-based primary care; pharmacist in primary care; n/a; primary care team pharmacist; pharmacist-physician collaboration; interprofessional collaboration
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Publication date and placeBasel, Switzerland, 2021