Special Issue "Embedded Pharmacists in Primary Care"

A special issue of Pharmacy (ISSN 2226-4787).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Founding Dean and Prof. George E. MacKinnon III, PhD, MS, RPh
Guest Editor
School of Pharmacy, Department of Family & Community Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI 53226, USA
Interests: demonstrating the value of pharmacists; interprofessional education and practice; population health; pharmacoeconomics
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Assist. Prof. Nathan Lamberton, PharmD, BCPS
Guest Editor
School of Pharmacy, Department of Family & Community Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI 53226, USA
Interests: primary care; chronic disease management; interprofessional collaboration; vaccination and medication access

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Given the projected shortage of primary care providers (PCPs), the explosion of high cost specialty pharmaceuticals, future use of pharmacogenomics in precision medicine, and value-based reimbursements, the addition of a pharmacist to most physician practices will be financially prudent, if not essential.

The work environments and expectations for primary care physicians’ daily activities include spending a significant amount of time related to chronic care management, including managing complex medication regimens. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) 2017 Report projected shortfalls in primary care range between 7300 and 43,100 physicians by 2030 in the United States. Ergo, a future should be envisioned where pharmacists are embedded in primary care settings, as primary care pharmacist practitioners (e.g., PCPPs). The benefits of such providers include enhanced medication adherence, fewer adverse drug-related events, reduced inappropriate healthcare utilization (e.g., emergency room visits, hospitalizations, office visits), improved clinical outcomes, total reduced cost of care (assessing pharmaceuticals as part of this), greater patient satisfaction, and higher CMS Star Ratings.

Appropriately leveraging the role of the pharmacist in primary care settings to achieve better health outcomes in all patients and achieve not only the Triple but Quadruple Aim is a value proposition worthy of exploration by all members of the healthcare team.

We look forward to manuscript submissions that embody this spirit and desire to articulate and demonstrate the value of embedding pharmacists in primary care practice settings.

Founding Dean and Prof. George E. MacKinnon III, PhD, MS, RPh
Assist. Prof. Nathan Lamberton, PharmD, BCPS
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Pharmacist–physician collaboration
  • Comprehensive medication management
  • Chronic care management
  • Team-based primary care
  • Primary care workforce
  • Improving care transitions

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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