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Clinical Pharmacists as Key Members of the Patient-Centered Medical Home: An Opinion Statement of the Ambulatory Care Practice and Research Network of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy

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  • Stefanie C. Nigro,

    Corresponding author
    1. MCPHS University, Boston, Massachusetts
    2. South End Community Health Center, Boston, Massachusetts
    • Address for correspondence: Stefanie C. Nigro, MCPHS University, 179 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115; e-mail: stefanie.nigro@mcphs.edu.

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  • Candice L. Garwood,

    1. Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
    2. Detroit Medical Center, Harper University Hospital, Detroit, Michigan
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  • Helen Berlie,

    1. Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
    2. Health Centers Detroit Medical Group, Detroit, Michigan
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  • Brian Irons,

    1. School of Pharmacy, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
    2. Department of Internal Medicine Clinics, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas
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  • Daniel Longyhore,

    1. Nesbitt College of Pharmacy & Nursing, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
    2. St. Luke's University Hospital, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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  • Michael S. McFarland,

    1. College of Pharmacy, University of Tennessee, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
    2. VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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  • Joseph J. Saseen,

    1. Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Colorado, Aurora, Colorado
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  • CoraLynn B. Trewet

    1. College of Pharmacy, University of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa
    2. Broadlawns Family Health Center, Des Moines, Iowa
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  • This paper represents the opinion of the Ambulatory Care Practice and Research Network of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. It does not necessarily represent an official ACCP commentary, guideline, or statement of policy or position.

Abstract

The American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Ambulatory Care Practice Research Network (PRN) considers the role of clinical pharmacists to be fundamental to the success of the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model. Within the PCMH, pharmacists can improve the health of populations by participating in activities that optimize medication management. Multiple published articles support clinical pharmacist involvement in the PCMH with regard to promotion of team-based care, enhanced access, care coordination, and improved quality and safety of care. A survey of clinical pharmacist members of ACCP who operate in such a model depict a variety of activities, with some members pioneering new and innovative ways to practice clinical pharmacy. Although this is a significant opportunity for pharmacists in the primary care setting, a unified vision of pharmacy services is needed. It is our hope that with continued efforts focused on obtaining national provider status, clinical pharmacy can use the PCMH model to solidify the future of primary care pharmacy. The following is an opinion statement of the ACCP Ambulatory Care PRN regarding the vital role of clinical pharmacists in the PCMH.

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