The Effect of Pharmacy-Led, Small-Group Academic Detailing on Prescribing Patterns in an Ambulatory Care Clinic

Title

The Effect of Pharmacy-Led, Small-Group Academic Detailing on Prescribing Patterns in an Ambulatory Care Clinic

Creator

Awad M H; Ulbrich T R; Furdich K M; Schneider S R; Gothard M D

Publisher

Journal of Pharmacy Technology

Date

2019
2019-04

Description

Background: While academic detailing seems to be the most promising intervention to improve prescribing patterns, implementation could be challenging for small community practices. Objective: A pharmacy-led, interactive, and tailored small-group academic detailing in a federally qualified health center is described. The primary objective of the study was to determine if the small-group academic detailing improved the prescribing patterns of the medical providers for select disease states: type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), hyperlipidemia (HLD), and essential hypertension (HTN). Methods: Prescribing patterns in a federally qualified health center were examined in relation to small-group academic detailing sessions from April 2010 to March 2015. The markers for improvement were the increase in utilizing metformin and statins in patients diagnosed with T2DM and HLD, respectively, and the reduction of beta-blocker use in patients diagnosed with essential HTN. Changes in prescribing patterns were evaluated using Pearson's chi(2) and Fisher's exact tests. Results: The average number of active, adult patients with T2DM, HLD, and essential HTN was 839, 1768, and 2547, respectively. Utilization of metformin in T2DM increased from 5.5% at baseline to 37.7%, statin utilization in HLD increased from 77.1% to 86.9%, and beta-blocker use in HTN decreased from 17.9% to 13.8% (P < .005). Conclusions: A pharmacy-led, small-group academic detailing program improved and maintained appropriate prescribing patterns in an underserved community practice. This study serves as a successful pilot emphasizing the pharmacist's role as an educator and a resource to medical providers regarding appropriate medication use.

Subject

medical education; clinical; medications; pharmacy; interventions; Pharmacology & Pharmacy; impact; academic detailing; ambulatory care; community practice; prescribing patterns; prior authorization

Format

Journal Article or Conference Abstract Publication

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Pages

56-63

Issue

2

Volume

35

Citation

Awad M H; Ulbrich T R; Furdich K M; Schneider S R; Gothard M D, “The Effect of Pharmacy-Led, Small-Group Academic Detailing on Prescribing Patterns in an Ambulatory Care Clinic,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed December 5, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/8525.

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