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

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MacIntosh C, Weiser C, Wassimi A, Reddick J, Scovis N, Guy M, Boesen K.

Published: 1/1/2009

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.

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