Pharmacy is the nation's third largest health profession, with nearly 200,000 licensed pharmacists in the United States and 125,000 practicing in community pharmacies. It is in community settings where pharmaceutical care will be judged, accepted, and ultimately paid for. Pharmaceutical Care: Insights from Community Pharmacists introduces the conceptual framework for pharmaceutical care. The authors show you how to apply economic, business, and societal models to better understand it, and they look at the trends in healthcare that drive it.
Vignettes and interviews are the real strength of this book, bringing you the insights of selected pharmacists who were among the first to develop pharmaceutical care services. The pharmacists you meet in this book are committed to providing the best patient care possible and are willing to expend considerable personal time and energy to achieve this goal. Through their interviews, you will follow the pharmacists down their path of passionate commitment to helping patients.
The authors also outline a seven-step process demonstrating how these professionals built innovative pharmacy practices in community settings. Pharmaceutical Care is a motivating resource for those wishing to better understand the new patient-centered roles being advocated by pharmacy leaders.
Table of Contents
The Dream of Pharmaceutical Care
Health Care Trends Driving Enhanced Pharmacy Services
Building Innovation into Your Practice: Seven Components of Change
Leadership and Success: Lessons from Nonpharmacists
Marla Ahlgrimm: Teaching Health and Wellness
Curt Barr: Applying the Medical Model to Pharmacy Practice
Eric Graf: The Joy in Teaching Others
Judith Sommers Hanson: Energy and Fun Equal Progress
Kelley Hofer: Destiny is a Matter of Choice not Chance
Laura Kaup: Caring For People Like Family
Max Peoples: A Crusader Who Believes in Make Educated Consumers
Rick Mohall: Making a Difference
Beverly Schaefer: A Feminist Child of the 60's Becomes a Leader
Diane Schultz: Initiating Innovative Services
Michelle Shibley: Doing More
Kim Swiger: Teacher and Motivator
Greg Wedin: Defining a Process for Pharmaceutical Care
LESSONS LEARNED FROM PASSIONATE PHARMACISTS
Where Do You Go From Here?
Appendix: Interview Guide for Pharmacist Profiles
"This book is well written, extremely informative, and extensively referenced. The reader truly walks away with a better understanding of how to implement and maintain a successful pharmaceutical care based practice in a community environment. The strategies presented in the book are straightforward and easy to follow."
-Maria G. Tanzi, Pharm.D., University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy