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Transferring Key Success Factors from Ambulatory Care into the Community Pharmacy in the United States.

Authors
  • Luli, Alex J1
  • Awdishu, Linda1
  • Hirsch, Jan D2
  • Watanabe, Jonathan H2
  • Bounthavong, Mark1
  • Morello, Candis M1
  • 1 Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of California San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA.
  • 2 Department of Clinical Pharmacy Practice, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of California Irvine, 101 Theory, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92612, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Pharmacy (Basel, Switzerland)
Publication Date
Jun 23, 2021
Volume
9
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3390/pharmacy9030116
PMID: 34201476
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

In the United States, pharmacists' scope of practice continues to expand, with increasing opportunities for pharmacists in all practice settings to enhance health in society. In ambulatory care, pharmacists remain integral members on the healthcare team and have demonstrated positive impacts on patient care. Sharing similar characteristics as pharmacists in the community setting, a deeper look into common elements of a successful ambulatory care practice that can be applied in the community pharmacy setting is warranted. Key success factors identified from ambulatory care include (1) maximizing a pharmacist's unique knowledge base and skill set, (2) forming collaborations with physicians and other providers, (3) demonstrating outcomes and value, and (4) maintaining sustainability. Opportunities exist for pharmacists in the community setting to utilize these success factors when developing, implementing, and/or expanding direct patient care services that improve accessibility to quality care and population health.

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