Continuity of health care and the pharmacist: Let's keep it simple

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Abstract

Pharmacists are a cornerstone of quality medication management. High-quality continuity of care involves patient-centered medication therapy management, which could be bolstered for 26 million Part D Medicare beneficiaries. Yet, many patients do not receive sufficient instruction about their prescription medications. Patient-centered aspects are important because of the heterogeneity in patient types and severity of disease, varying treatment requirements, lifestyle factors, and differences in health literacy. Although time constraints for all health professionals are apparent, a simple but crucial contribution by pharmacists to the continuity of care is to increase the emphasis on patient-centered medication instruction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)745-747
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Pharmacotherapy
Volume43
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2009

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Keywords

  • Medication therapy management
  • Patient instruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)

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