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J Oncol Pract. 2018 Nov;14(11):e674-e682. doi: 10.1200/JOP.18.00085.

Collaborative Physician-Pharmacist-Managed Multiple Myeloma Clinic Improves Guideline Adherence and Prevents Treatment Delays.

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University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Abstract

PURPOSE::

We hypothesized that a multidisciplinary collaborative physician-pharmacist multiple myeloma clinic would improve adherence to treatment and supportive care guidelines as well as reduce delays in receiving oral antimyeloma therapy.

METHODS::

From March 2014 to February 2015, an oncology pharmacist provided consultation for all patients in a specialist myeloma clinic. This included reviewing medications, ensuring physician adherence to supportive care guidelines, managing treatment-related adverse effects, and navigating issues involving access to oral specialty medications (collaborative clinic).

RESULTS::

Outcome measures were retrospectively compared with those of patients being treated by the same physician during the previous year, in which ad hoc pharmacist consultation was available upon request (traditional clinic). The collaborative clinic led to significant improvements in adherence to supportive medications, such as bisphosphonates (96% v 68%; P < .001), calcium and vitamin D (100% v 41%; P < .001), acyclovir (100% v 58%; P < .001), and Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia prophylaxis (100% v 50%; P < .001). Appropriate venous thromboembolism prophylaxis in immunomodulatory drug-treated patients was prescribed in 100% versus 83% of cases ( P = .0035). The median time to initiation of bisphosphonate (5.5 v 97.5 days; P < .001) and P jirovecii pneumonia prophylaxis after autologous transplantation was shortened in the collaborative clinic (11 v 40.5 days; P < .001). Furthermore, the number (85% v 21%; P < .001) and duration (7 v 15 days; P = .002) of delays in obtaining immunomodulatory drug therapy were also significantly reduced.

CONCLUSION::

Our collaborative clinic model could potentially be applied to other practice sites to improve the management of patients with multiple myeloma. Prospective studies analyzing clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, and cost effectiveness of this approach are warranted.

PMID:
30423263
DOI:
10.1200/JOP.18.00085

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