This article details a study that was completed involving the collaboration of six separate health care systems in Minnesota. The basis of this study was a qualitative survey which was completed at each site. These qualitative interviews were conducted with individuals who were thought to be essential and involved at the clinics when it came to the implementation and use of medication management services. These interviews were recorded and analyzed to search for certain common thread of thought that served as the data, so to speak, for the experiment. After analysis of the interviews, thirteen themes were determined to be distinct in successful medication management programs. The themes were as follows: “(1) external influences, (2) pharmacists as an untapped resource, (3) principles and professionalism, (4) organizational culture, (5) momentum champions, (6) collaborative relationships, (7) service promotion, (8) team-based care, (9) implementation strategies, (10) overcoming challenges, (11) supportive care model process, (12) measuring and reporting results, and (13) sustainability strategies.”
This study is slightly significant because it tries to bring to light certain aspects of how pharmacists can be more successful in medication therapy management. Over the recent years, the profession has been trying to move away from a product-focused practice to a more patient-centered one, and this may be a good first step to help new pharmacies and pharmacists who want to help try to move the profession to a more promising future.
AJHP. 2016 ; 73(5) : 307-314