Developing future clinical pharmacy leaders in the interprofessional care of children with special health care needs and medical complexity (Cshcn-cmc) in a pediatric pulmonary center

Catherine B. Hobart, Cori L. Daines, Hanna Phan

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Abstract

The health care needs of children with special health care needs and medical complexity (CSHCN-CMC) are multifaceted and often require the expertise of various disciplines. The medicationrelated needs of this population can be further complicated with off-label medication use, polypharmacy, and vulnerability to medication errors. Although clinical pharmacists are increasingly becoming a common part of inpatient, pediatric interprofessional patient care teams, their presence remains lacking in the outpatient or ambulatory care realm. Pediatric clinical pharmacists in the ambulatory care setting have the potential to help optimize medication use and safety through collaborative efforts as part of the interprofessional team. Since the late 1960s, Pediatric Pulmonary Centers (PPCs) provide training programs designed to develop interprofessional leaders who will improve the health status of CSHCN-CMC, specifically those with chronic respiratory and sleep-related conditions. The addition of pharmacists not only provides a more comprehensive care model for CSHCN-CMC, it creates an avenue to encourage the career paths of pediatric pharmacists in the ambulatory care setting. Here, we describe the addition of clinical pharmacy as part of an interprofessional patient care team and the development and implementation of a maternal child health (MCH) pharmacy discipline training model designed to mentor future pharmacist leaders in the care of CSHCN-CMC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number135
JournalChildren
Volume6
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2019

Keywords

  • Children with special health care needs and medical complexity (CSHCN-CMC)
  • Collaborative practice
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Interprofessional
  • Maternal child health workforce development
  • Pediatric ambulatory care pharmacist
  • Pulmonary disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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