PHARMACIST provided medication Therapy Management
Medication is a critical tool in the management of hypertension, as well as other chronic diseases such as diabetes. Pharmacists can play an important role in counseling a patient to ensure that they adhere to their prescribed medication. This has been shown to lead to improved health outcomes, as well as reduced costs.
Medication therapy management is a spectrum of patient-centered, pharmacist-provided, collaborative services that focus on medication appropriateness, effectiveness, safety, and adherence with the goal of improving health outcomes. It includes a face-to-face interaction between the pharmacist and the patient, with an opportunity to discuss the patient’s needs, conduct medication reconciliation, and create a plan to resolve any medication-related problems. Patients are also assisted in creating a Medication-Related Action Plan (MAP) that contains a list of actions for patients to use in tracking progress for self-management.
For pharmacists or healthcare providers interested in learning more about medication therapy management, there are several resources available! Our recent Provider Education Network focuses on medication therapy management. Our guest speaker, Dr. Kisha Gant, offers advice on how to launch and sustain a medication therapy management program. Check it out here. In addition, the American Pharmacists Association created a Marketing Toolkit that helps pharmacists market their medication therapy services to potential collaborators - physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and others. The American Medical Association created a module, Embedding Pharmacists Into the Practice, that helps healthcare providers collaborate with pharmacists.
DID YOU KNOW?
- People visit pharmacies on average 35 times per year.
- 29% of adults take 5 or more medications.
- There are 125,000 deaths nationally per year are due to medication nonadherence.
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