Using benchmarking data to evaluate and support pharmacy programs in health systems

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The use of benchmarking data to evaluate and support pharmacy programs in health systems is discussed. Benchmarking is a method of comparing the outcomes of health care products, services, and practices at an institution against those of competitors order to learn what might be improved. Benchmarking programs can provide valuable feedback about both positive and negative outcomes. However, it is imperative to avoid inappropriate comparisons and inappropriate assessments. Ideal services for benchmarking are those that have a good likelihood of improving patient care and other outcomes. Successful benchmarking requires sound and thorough data, which is why as many health systems as possible should participate in a benchmarking program. The National Committee for Quality Assurance has formulated guidelines that should enable health systems to develop an information framework that will improve their ability to collect and use data for benchmarking. Standardization in collecting and submitting information is important because it enables institutions to share data easily. Benchmarking can help health-system pharmacists understand the value and outcomes of efforts by their colleagues at other institutions. In addition, benchmarking can help convince health-system administrators of the value of pharmaceutical services in terms of patient care and the bottom line. Benchmarking provides a means of evaluating and supporting the development of pharmacy programs that improve care and save money.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Health-System Pharmacy
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
Publication statusPublished - 2000



  • Administration
  • Benchmarking
  • Economics
  • Pharmaceutical services
  • Pharmacy institutional
  • Quality assurance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management
  • Pharmaceutical Science

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