Healthy Living Through Environment, Policy and Improved Clinical Care (EPICC) Program

Pharmacists

Pharmacists are some of the most accessible healthcare professionals. When it comes to helping patients manage chronic diseases pharmacists have an important part to play. They are the medication experts. Pharmacists

  • Help patients find the right medication, or combination of medications, for them
  • Support medication adherence
  • Identify negative medication interactions or adherence issues and communicate this information to the healthcare team
  • Work with patients to understand their disease and the importance of taking their medications.

You can read more about the evidence behind expanding the role pharmacists play in our Fact Sheet (PDF).

Pharmacy Environmental Scan: EPICC staff has interviewed seventeen pharmacist and health plan representatives. A summary of the findings from these interviews is available in the UDOH Environmental Scan of Clinical Pharmacy Report (PDF). We are currently working on a survey of Utah Pharmacists. Findings from the survey will be available here in late fall.

Pharmacy – to – Treat Program: EPICC is working with multiple health systems to expand the role that pharmacists play on health care teams and build sustainable referral systems between pharmacies and evidence based chronic disease self-management workshops (Living Well with Diabetes Self-Management Program and Living Well with Chronic Conditions Self-Management Program). Current and past partners include:

  • SelectHealth – Referring patients with uncontrolled hypertension to a pharmacist. The pharmacist is able to order labs and make medication adjustments based on an agreed upon protocol. They follow up with the patient every two to four weeks until they achieve their blood pressure goal. You can find an evaluation of the initial pilot here.
  • University of Utah – Using an Electronic Medical Record and reporting system to identify a population of patients who would likely benefit from pharmacist care and proactively recruiting them to participate, establishing a shared medical appointment for patients with diabetes and hypertension, and developing an Electronic Medical Record dashboard to support pharmacist and physician collaboration
  • Utah Navajo Health System – Referring patients with diabetes to pharmacist care, providing education and support for taking medications as recommended, and developing a referral system for evidence based chronic disease self-management classes.