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The role of pharmacy in medication therapy management to optimize patient outcomes.

Disease State Management as Defined by the American Academy of Family Physicians

Disease management is a set of activities aimed at improving the health and clinical outcomes of a population of patients, defined by all having a chronic medical illness. These activities are often organized through the use of technologies such as electronic health records or disease registry programs. Disease management is proactive, aiming to provide appropriate support to enhance patient self-management activities. Through monitoring of recommended care for each patient, a good disease management program will reach out to patients with reminders, education, and other materials. In such a way, patient self-management is optimized in the interval between visits with the physician. In addition, those patients at highest risk for complications or other negative outcomes can be identified, and appropriate interventions offered. Family physicians serve as the optimal care coordinator to assist patients not only with clinical care and information, but in understanding and navigating the health care system. Care coordination activities may be provided by a non-physician.

Pharmacists can have a big roll in disease state managment, providing patient education and support between visits to the physician. 


Polypharmacy - When multiple prescriptions become too many. 

The following presentation was prepared by Jennifer Zbylski and Stan Nikitin, Candidates for PharmD.  October 2010.


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