Fierce Healthcare January 13, 2022
As the healthcare system faces significant labor challenges, a new report suggests pharmacists are well positioned to fill some of the critical gaps.
The analysis, conducted by Express Scripts and the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, found that a majority of pharmacists see their roles transitioning to more direct patient care responsibilities over the next decade.
The researchers polled 3,000 patients, 1,000 pharmacists and 500 providers, including doctors and nurse practitioners, for the report.
More than half (53.3%) of surveyed pharmacists said they believe their training is enough to manage patients, though they did flag areas for continued education including chronic care management, diagnostics and prescribing.
“While the role of pharmacists has been expanding in some areas of...