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Developing Future Clinical Pharmacy Leaders in the Interprofessional Care of Children with Special Health Care Needs and Medical Complexity (CSHCN-CMC) in a Pediatric Pulmonary Center

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Department of Pharmacy, Banner University Medical Center Tucson, Tucson, AZ 85719, USA
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Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, College of Pharmacy, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA
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Section of Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85724, USA
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Children 2019, 6(12), 135; https://doi.org/10.3390/children6120135
Received: 10 November 2019 / Accepted: 5 December 2019 / Published: 9 December 2019
The health care needs of children with special health care needs and medical complexity (CSHCN-CMC) are multifaceted and often require the expertise of various disciplines. The medication-related needs of this population can be further complicated with off-label medication use, polypharmacy, and vulnerability to medication errors. Although clinical pharmacists are increasingly becoming a common part of inpatient, pediatric interprofessional patient care teams, their presence remains lacking in the outpatient or ambulatory care realm. Pediatric clinical pharmacists in the ambulatory care setting have the potential to help optimize medication use and safety through collaborative efforts as part of the interprofessional team. Since the late 1960s, Pediatric Pulmonary Centers (PPCs) provide training programs designed to develop interprofessional leaders who will improve the health status of CSHCN-CMC, specifically those with chronic respiratory and sleep-related conditions. The addition of pharmacists not only provides a more comprehensive care model for CSHCN-CMC, it creates an avenue to encourage the career paths of pediatric pharmacists in the ambulatory care setting. Here, we describe the addition of clinical pharmacy as part of an interprofessional patient care team and the development and implementation of a maternal child health (MCH) pharmacy discipline training model designed to mentor future pharmacist leaders in the care of CSHCN-CMC. View Full-Text
Keywords: children with special health care needs and medical complexity (CSHCN-CMC); pediatric ambulatory care pharmacist; collaborative practice; cystic fibrosis; pulmonary disease; interprofessional; maternal child health workforce development children with special health care needs and medical complexity (CSHCN-CMC); pediatric ambulatory care pharmacist; collaborative practice; cystic fibrosis; pulmonary disease; interprofessional; maternal child health workforce development
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Hobart, C.B.; Daines, C.L.; Phan, H. Developing Future Clinical Pharmacy Leaders in the Interprofessional Care of Children with Special Health Care Needs and Medical Complexity (CSHCN-CMC) in a Pediatric Pulmonary Center. Children 2019, 6, 135.

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