Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process Approach Guide
An Implementation Guide Based on the Michigan Medicine Hypertension Pharmacists’ Program
What Is the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process Approach Guide?
The Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process Approach: An Implementation Guide for Public Health Practitioners Based on the Michigan Medicine Hypertension Pharmacists’ Program shares lessons learned from the Michigan Medicine Hypertension Pharmacists’ Program (the Michigan Medicine Program).
The goal of the guide is to engage pharmacists in patient hypertension management through the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process (PPCP). The guide is based on CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention’s evaluation of the Michigan Medicine Program.
Why Is Incorporating Pharmacists in Patient Care Important?
Involving pharmacists in patient care has been shown to improve long-term blood pressure control and to decrease racial and socioeconomic disparities. 1,2 For example, through a partnership with Meijer Pharmacy, the Michigan Medicine Program was able to expand the program to patients living near a community-based pharmacy.
Evidence shows that many patients find community-based pharmacists to be some of the most accessible health care professionals and that these pharmacists can improve patient outcomes.3,4,5
The Michigan Medicine Program’s PPCP approach can help to control a patient’s hypertension and improve additional patient health outcomes.
Who Should Use the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process Approach Guide?
The guide is for public health practitioners and health care professionals interested in putting into action a hypertension pharmacists’ program rooted in the PPCP.
The PPCP uses a team-based care approach, incorporating pharmacists into a multidisciplinary group to improve patient quality of care. This approach is especially important to control hypertension, given the high prevalence of hypertension and that medicine is the primary recommended treatment.
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- Anderegg MD, Gums TH, Uribe L, Coffey CS, James PA, Carter BL. Physician–pharmacist collaborative management: narrowing the socioeconomic blood pressure gapexternal icon. Hypertension. 2016;68(5):1314–20.
- Vordenberg SE, Lindell V, Sheerer K, Settles A, Fan AL, Serlin DC, et al. Improving hypertension control through a collaboration between an academic medical center and a chain community pharmacyexternal icon. J Am Coll Clin Pharm. 2019;2(4):357–65.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A Program Guide for Public Health: Partnering with Pharmacists in the Prevention and Control of Chronic Diseases pdf icon[PDF – 389 KB]. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2012. Accessed May 18, 2021.
- Cranor CW, Bunting BA, Christensen DB. The Asheville Project: long-term clinical and economic outcomes of a community pharmacy diabetes care programexternal icon. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2003;43(2):173–84.