Pharmacists are some of the most accessible and trusted healthcare professionals to the public. Beyond filling and dispensing of medications, pharmacists provide a wide array of prevention and wellness services to help improve health outcomes. New collaborative care models recognize pharmacists as important contributors to the patient’s healthcare team. Pharmacists are the medication experts.
Including pharmacists in team-based care increases patient awareness of the importance of medication adherence and further encourages and supports behavior change and self-management of many chronic illnesses and diseases. Pharmacists can provide many services to patients that coordinate with the care they’re receiving for their healthcare providers. Services such as immunizations, comprehensive medication management, collaborative drug therapy management and patient education and counseling are just a few of the services pharmacists provide to help their patients achieve optimal health outcomes. By understanding and maximizing the role of pharmacists, opportunities exist to better use their knowledge and skills to improve the health of our communities.
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