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Utilizing Community Pharmacy Prescription Dispensing Data to Identify Opportunities for Pharmacist-Prescriber Collaboration

Principal Investigator Hannah Renner, PharmD
Co-investigator(s) Joni Carroll, Kim Coley, Melissa Somma McGivney, Sarah Hunt, Meghan McLinden
Project Title Utilizing Community Pharmacy Prescription Dispensing Data to Identify Opportunities for Pharmacist-Prescriber Collaboration
Grants Awarded Number 192
Status In Study
Organization University of Pittsburgh
Location Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Grant Category Pharmacy Management & Ownership
Keyword RxData, Collaboration
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Objectives Pharmacist-prescriber collaboration leads to better patient care and improved patient outcomes. In a pilot study we conducted with 6 prescribers and one community pharmacy in rural Western Pennsylvania, we found that prescription dispensing data organized in an infographic report is effective as a means to initiate a working relationship with prescribers. Our goal is to build upon this pilot work by designing a generalizable, scalable approach for community pharmacists to use their own prescription dispensing information to initiate pharmacist-prescriber collaborations. Our aims are to 1. evaluate prescriber perspectives on how these infographic reports can be utilized to meaningfully support patient care and impact prescriber willingness to engage in collaboration with pharmacists, 2. survey participating pharmacists to determine how this approach has facilitated the initiation of collaborative working relationships with prescribers, and 3. design a toolkit that pharmacists can utilize to develop infographic reports and to train users on how to utilize these reports to engage in collaborations. This mixed-methods study will be conducted in selected urban, suburban, and rural pharmacies who are actively participating in the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network, PPCN. The resulting systematic approach which utilizes dispensing level data available at any community pharmacy in the United States, along with accompanying training and feedback, will enable community pharmacists nationwide to successfully collaborate with prescribers in their region.

Joni Carroll, PharmD BCACP CTTS | University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Kim Coley, PharmD | University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Melissa Somma McGivney, PharmD FCCP FAPhA | University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Sarah Hunt | University of Pittsbrgh School of Pharmacy
Pittsburgh, New Jersey


Meghan McLinden, Student | University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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