Redefining the Role of the Pharmacist: Medication Therapy Management

The Journal of Rural Health, 06/15/2012

Hilsenrath P et al. – More constrained fiscal conditions are a virtual certainty going forward. The rural health community needs cost–effective health care alternatives that can prosper with lower levels of public financial support. Medication Therapy Management (MTM) is one such option.

Methods

  • This article explores rural health access, the market for pharmacists and MTM using the literature, and economic concepts to provide historical context for this new form of health care delivery.
  • A small case study from a university-based clinic provided primary data to demonstrate viability.

Results

  • MTM can augment rural health by providing care for patients who receive increasing numbers of complex medications.
  • It helps better integrate pharmacists into primary care and holds promise as a cost-effective, if not cost-saving alternative.

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