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J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2009 Jan-Feb;49(1):26-30. doi: 10.1331/JAPhA.2009.07122.

Attitudes toward and factors affecting implementation of medication therapy management services by community pharmacists.

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College of Pharmacy, University of Arizona, Tucson 85721-0202, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To compare the attitudes of community pharmacy managers who did and did not contract with Mirixa to provide Medicare Part D medication therapy management (MTM) services in 2006.

DESIGN:

Cross-sectional descriptive study.

SETTING:

United States in 2006.

PARTICIPANTS:

100 pharmacy managers contracted to provide MTM services in 2006 and 100 pharmacy managers not contracted to provide MTM services in 2006.

INTERVENTION:

Telephone-administered survey of independent community pharmacy managers.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Pharmacist knowledge of and attitudes toward Medicare Part D MTM services.

RESULTS:

200 pharmacy managers completed the study (n = 100 for each group). Pharmacists who contracted with Mirixa to provide MTM services in 2006 were more familiar with Medicare Part D MTM (80% vs. 59%, P = 0.001). Significantly more pharmacists contracted with Mirixa to provide MTM services agreed that they were qualified to provide MTM services (96% vs. 88%, P = 0.01) and strongly agreed that an annual personal medication review would benefit patient outcomes (59% vs. 45%, P = 0.04). No significant difference was found between groups with regard to other variables addressed in the survey.

CONCLUSION:

Results of this study suggest that familiarity with Medicare Part D MTM services was a key factor in whether pharmacists chose to contract to provide MTM in 2006. Additionally, significantly more pharmacists who contracted felt strongly that personal medication reviews would improve patient outcomes.

PMID:
19196593
DOI:
10.1331/JAPhA.2009.07122
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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