Embedded Pharmacists in Primary Care II

A special issue of Pharmacy (ISSN 2226-4787). This special issue belongs to the section "Pharmacy Practice and Practice-Based Research".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 January 2022) | Viewed by 356

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School of Pharmacy, Department of Family & Community Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI 53226, USA
Interests: demonstrating the value of pharmacists; interprofessional education and practice; population health; pharmacoeconomics
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Dear Colleagues,

Given the projected shortage of primary care providers (PCPs), the explosion of high-cost specialty pharmaceuticals, future use of pharmacogenomics in precision medicine, and value-based reimbursements, the addition of a pharmacist to most physician practices will be financially prudent, if not essential. Having pharmacists embedded in primary care is not revolutionary—rather, it is evolutionary.

The work environments and expectations for primary care physicians’ daily activities include spending a significant amount of time related to chronic care management, including the management of complex medication regimens. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) 2020 Report projects shortfalls in primary care ranging between 21,400 and 55,200 physicians by 2033 in the United States.

Ergo, a future should be envisioned where pharmacists are embedded in primary care settings, as primary care pharmacist practitioners (PCPPs). The benefits of such providers include enhanced medication adherence, fewer drug-related adverse events, reduced inappropriate healthcare utilization (e.g., emergency room visits, hospitalizations, office visits), improved clinical outcomes, total reduced cost of care (assessing pharmaceuticals as part of this), greater patient satisfaction, and higher CMS star ratings.

Appropriately leveraging the role of the pharmacist in primary care settings, in order to achieve better health outcomes in all patients and achieve not only the Triple but the Quadruple Aim, is a valuable proposition worthy of exploration by all members of the healthcare team not only in the United States, but worldwide.

We look forward to manuscript submissions that embody this spirit and desire to articulate and demonstrate the value of embedding pharmacists in primary care practice settings.

Prof. Dr. George E. MacKinnon III
Guest Editor

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  • pharmacist–physician collaboration
  • comprehensive medication management
  • chronic care management
  • team-based primary care
  • primary care workforce
  • improving care transitions

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