Hospital pharmacists are more involved in medication therapy decisions than ever before, according to an annual survey of hospital pharmacy directors.
Hospital pharmacists are more involved in medication therapy decisions than ever before, according to an annual survey of hospital pharmacy directors. These and other results of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists [ASHP] National Survey of Pharmacy Practice in Hospital Settings: Prescribing and Transcribing 2010 were published in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy.
Conducted by internet and e-mail, the ASHP survey queried a stratified random sample of pharmacy directors at 1,968 general and children’s medical-surgical hospitals.
Findings demonstrated that the role of pharmacists in patient care continues to grow, according to Douglas J. Scheckelhoff, a study author and ASHP vice president.
“Throughout the survey, there is significant evidence that pharmacists’ unique expertise is sought after and valued by other healthcare providers,” said Scheckelhoff. “This includes the increase in hospitals providing 24-hour review of medication orders by pharmacists and the growing ways that pharmacists provide leadership in the medication-use system.”
Among the key findings: