Evaluation of Pharmacist Involvement in Medicare Wellness Visits.
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PURPOSE: To evaluate the difference in the number of drug therapy interventions between patients seen by pharmacists and patients seen by nonpharmacist providers during Medicare Annual Wellness Visits (AWVs). METHODS: Pharmacists completed the medication history portion of AWVs at a primary care, interdisciplinary clinic in Central Texas. Drug therapy problems were collected and compared to those identified by physicians conducting AWVs. Drug therapy problems were grouped into 4 categories: indication, effectiveness, safety, and adherence. Each category was divided into subcategories to further specify the problem. RESULTS: Fifty patients received an AWV in each group. Pharmacists identified more drug therapy problems in all 4 categories as compared to physicians (100 vs 20 interventions, respectively) and significant differences were detected in most subcategories: indication without medication (P = .005), suboptimal regimen (P = .0034), drug-drug interaction (P = .0267), warning/precaution requiring additional monitoring (P = .0267), nonadherence (P = .0058), and patient lack of understanding medication therapy (P = .005). CONCLUSION: Pharmacist involvement in AWVs helped identify drug therapy problems.
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Tran, T., Miller, H., & Ivy, D.
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Tran, Tram||Miller, Heather||Ivy, Delaney