Remunerated pharmacy clinical care services
Citation: Houle SK, Grindrod KA, Chatterley T, et al. Paying pharmacists for patient care: a systematic review of remunerated pharmacy clinical care services. Canadian Pharmacists Journal/Revue des Pharmaciens du Canada 2014 Jul;147(4):209-32.
What is this? The COVID-19 pandemic is placing a great strain on healthcare services and resources. Existing research on strategies, such as remunerated pharmacist clinical care programmes, may provide useful information for policy makers.
In this update of their systematic review that had been published in 2008, the authors searched for studies of remunerated pharmacist clinical care programmes and services. They restricted their searches to articles published in English and did the updating search in December 2012. They included information on 60 new remunerated programs that covered a range of areas, including emergency contraption counseling, minor ailments schemes and comprehensive medication management.
What was found: Paying pharmacists for patient clinical care was highly variable, with few programs reporting program outcomes.
The most common remunerated pharmacy clinical care service was for completion of a medication review.
Pharmacist services were effective for smoking cessation, identifying and resolving drug-related issues and improving clinical parameters in chronic disease.
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