Improving medication use through pharmacists' access to patient-specific health care information

Marsha K. Millonig, Terri L. Jackson, William M. Ellis

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To review and discuss the importance of pharmacists having access to patient-specific health care information in order to provide pharmaceutical care. DATA SOURCES: Articles identified through searches of MEDLINE and International Pharmaceutical Abstracts using the following key words: information, decision making, and pharmacist. STUDY SELECTION: English-language articles were evaluated for inclusion. DATA SYNTHESIS: Pharmacists have demonstrated their ability to positively affect patient outcomes related to medication use, including reducing patients' risk for medication-related adverse effects. CONCLUSION: Pharmacists, with proper access to patient-specific health care information, can reduce patients' risk for medication-related problems and improve the quality of their health care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)638-645
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Pharmaceutical Association (Washington, D.C. : 1996)
Volume42
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmaceutical Science

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