August 15, 2019
When it comes to collaborating with physicians on comprehensive medication management for patients, most pharmacists appear to be operating on firm ground.
In a recent study published in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, researchers identified strategies an advisory group of pharmacists deemed essential for building strong collaborative relationships with physicians in order to provide comprehensive medication management for patients. The strategies were further refined during 10 subsequent interviews with pharmacists who had strong relationships with physicians.
In all, 33 strategies were identified. Researchers then surveyed a national audience of pharmacists who work in ambulatory care settings to gauge how frequently those 33 strategies were used in actual practice and the perceived value of each strategy. Some 104 of the survey respondents met criteria and were included in the researchers’ analysis.
“A national sampling found many of these strategies were employed by a majority of pharmacists,” researchers reported, “who had found them to be influential in creating collaborative relationships.”
Turner KM, Nelson CA, Pestka DL, Sorensen TD. Identification of critical factors for forming collaborative relationships between physicians and pharmacists [published online August 1, 2019]. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2019;76(16):1238-1247. doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxz123