Project Proposal: Assessment of Community Pharmacists’ Confidence, Foundational Knowledge and Coordination of Care Activities in Patients with Cancer as a Chronic Condition
“Community pharmacists play an integral role in the healthcare team for patients experiencing cancer.”
Dr. Lahrman is a PGY1 community pharmacy resident with the University of Cincinnati and at Kroger Pharmacy in Amelia, OH. Her study subject, cancer, is currently survived by an estimated 15.5 million patients in the United States, many of whom are now managed as patients with chronic conditions. By 2026, this number is expected to increase to over 20 million. For patients with cancer in hospice settings, Dr. Lahrman is impressed by the health care providers she encountered.
“They provide excellent competent care in an atmosphere of compassion. As the care of patients with cancer continues to move towards the community, I want to work to extend the role of the pharmacist so that they feel confident providing evidence-based care to patients in the same atmosphere of compassion.”
Rebecca Lahrman emphasizes the importance of patient-centered care in her excitement to “work with other pharmacists to help close the care gap for patients and hear the success stories from those pharmacists. Community pharmacists help patients experiencing cancer to manage their pain and often spend time listening to their patients' stories to find ways to help. I will be able to expand those avenues of help through an educational update on common cancer treatments, complications, and resources for reference.”