Pharmacists' roles on the health care team are expanding
Pharmacists are increasingly playing a greater role in patient care, according to a new study from the Pharmacy Workforce Center (PWC).
Pharmacists are increasingly playing a greater role in patient care, according to a new study from the Pharmacy Workforce Center (PWC). The group's latest National Pharmacist Workforce Survey found that pharmacists are performing more patient care activities in a variety of settings, and they are spending less time in the traditional dispensing role. In addition, the survey found that more women than men are working as actively practicing pharmacists and in management positions. "The National Pharmacist Workforce Survey has once again pinpointed important shifts in the pharmacist workforce and reveals valuable insight about how pharmacists spend their time," said Douglas J. Scheckelhoff, vice president of the Office of Practice Advancement at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and president of PWC. The survey revealed that 60% of pharmacists provided medication therapy management and 53% performed immunizations in 2014, up from just 13% and 15% a decade ago. Meanwhile, the percentage of time that full-time pharmacists spent on medication dispensing dropped to 49% last year from 55% in 2009.