Objective: To identify and describe Pennsylvania pharmacists who currently provide or are interested in providing community-based
patient care services and are interested in joining a statewide practice network. Design: Cross-sectional survey. Setting: February to
June 2009 in Pennsylvania. Participants: 1700 pharmacists. Intervention: Mailed and electronic survey. Main outcome measures:
Number and geographic location of pharmacists providing or interested in providing community-based patient care in Pennsylvania.
Description of patient care documentation methods; physical space; services provided; perceived barriers to providing patient care;
training needs; and interest in joining a statewide practice network. Results: The final analysis included data from 1700 pharmacists.
Approximately one-third of pharmacists (n=554) were providing patient care services to community-based patients. Most were
routinely documenting (67.5%) and many had a semi-private or private space to provide care. MTM and immunizations were the
most common services provided. Respondents reported the most significant barrier to providing MTM, diabetes education, and
smoking cessation education was time constraints, whereas training was a barrier for immunization provision. Most pharmacists
were not being compensated for patient care services. Of the 869 pharmacists interested in joining a statewide network, those
providing care were more interested in joining than those who were not (70.8% vs. 43.8%, p < 0.001). Conclusion: Pennsylvania
pharmacists are interested in providing community-based patient care services and joining a statewide practice network focused on
providing community-based patient care services. This research serves as a foundation for building a pharmacist practice network in
Osborne, Maria A.; Snyder, Margie E.; Hall, Deanne L.; Coley, Kim C.; McGivney, Melissa Somma.
Evaluating Pennsylvania Pharmacists’ Provision of Community-based Patient Care Services.
University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy.
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