Improved Health Outcomes
Patient participants in our research projects are achieving better health outcomes and we have the evidence.
- All of our research results have produced results that indicate pharmacists help patients achieve improved health outcomes. Project ImPACT: Depression, for instance, showed 80% of patients exhibited a decrease in severity of depression after assessing their condition using the patient health questionnaire (PHQ-9). Reports also indicated a 68% overall response rate from depression patients to pharmacist-provided interventions with a 56% remission rate.
Lowered Health Care Costs
We are making overall health care costs more affordable for both patients and employers.
- Our research on diabetes has shown that innovative payers can reduce overall health care costs by investing in pharmacists as part of the health care team. Diabetes Ten City Challenge brought hundreds of local pharmacists in ten cities together with 30 employers to help people manage their diabetes. Participating employers saw a $1079 reduction in average total health care costs per patient per year when compared with projected costs. Patient Self-Management Program for Diabetes instituted a multisite community pharmacy care services (PCS) program for patients with diabetes that resulted in a 10.8% decrease in total mean health care costs per patient for the initial year of enrollment compared to projections.
Achieved Standards of Care
Standards for collecting data that help properly assess conditions are helping improve patient safety.
- Results from Patient Self-Management Program for Diabetes showed 100% of patients had their A1C and lipid panels tested for presence of diabetes. The project also reported a 52% to 77% increase in influenza vaccination, a 46% to 82% increase in eye examinations and 38% to 80% increase in foot examinations.
Enhanced Patient Satisfaction
Our patients are feeling happier and healthier.
- Diabetes Ten City Challenge results demonstrated a 39% to 87% increase in patient rankings of overall diabetes care as very good to excellent. Patient reports also showed 97% of patients were very satisfied/satisfied with the diabetes care provided by pharmacists.
Increased Medication Adherence
Our patients are learning how to take medications properly and following regimens recommended by their pharmacist.
- Project ImPACT: Hyperlipidemia involved pharmacists having immediate access to objective point-of-care patient data and working collaboratively with patients and physicians. The project results showed that 93.6% of patients adhered to their medication therapy and a 90.1% rate of medication compliance, meaning that patients missed less than 5 doses of medicine between each refill.
Improved Risk Identification and Referral
We are finding individuals unaware of their risk and referring them to receive appropriate care.
- Project ImPACT: Osteoporosis demonstrated that pharmacists can play a useful role in the identification, education, and referral of patients at risk for osteoporosis through pharmacy-based BMD screenings. Results showed that 70% of the 532 patients screened were at high or moderate risk for future fracture with 78% indicating that they had no prior knowledge of their risk. Additionally, 42% of high risk patients scheduled a physician office visit after the screening and 58 patients (19% from the project) were initiated on medications for preventing and treating osteoporosis due to physician referral.