Pharmacists on Primary Health Care Teams: Who, What, Where, When, How?
Pharmacy Practice Research Symposium Abstracts
2005 AFPC Conference | AFPC Pharmacy Practice Research Symposium 2005 “Interprofessional Collaboration in Pharmacy Practi | 2:45 pm
Derek Jorgenson, Saskatoon Health Region and Saskatchewan Health Quality Council
The benefits of including pharmacists as key members of primary health care teams are well supported in the literature. In addition, many traditional members of these teams are now requesting expanded access to the expertise of a pharmacist. Unfortunately, it is not known exactly how pharmacists can optimally utilize their skills within this new setting. Which patients should they be seeing? What should they be doing with these patients? Where should they be located? How should they be paid?
This session will include a very brief summary of some of the issues related to identifying the optimal role of pharmacists within primary health care teams. However, it will focus on presenting the results of a research project that attempts to address the issue of which patients need to be seen by a clinical pharmacist in this setting. The project is a randomized controlled trial that evaluated the ability of a patient self administered risk questionnaire to appropriately identify which patients should be seen by a clinical pharmacist in a family practice setting.