ASHP survey: Hospital pharmacists are growing in influence

May 22, 2008

ASHP's latest survey of hospital pharmacists shows that they are increasingly a force to be reckoned with.

Hospital pharmacists are being consulted more often and their recommendations are being accepted more readily in 2007 than they were several years ago. That’s the conclusion of the latest ASHP National Survey of Pharmacy Practice in Hospital Settings. Here are some findings:

  • 98% of hospitals reported that pharmacist recommendations were accepted 80% of the time in 2007. In 2001, the acceptance rate was only 73%.
  • More hospitals (34%) offered round-the-clock access to pharmacists in 2007 versus only 28% to 30% in prior years.

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survey is based on a random sample of pharmacy directors at 1,264 hospitals in the country and it obtained a 42% response rate.

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