A new infographic highlights the value of comprehensive medication management (“Comprehensive Medication Management: Improving Care of High Risk Patients”) in ensuring high-risk patients receive the best and safest results from medication therapy.
Steven Chen, associate dean for clinical affairs and associate professor at the USC School of Pharmacy, led a collaboration with the California Department of Public Health on the production of the publication, which targets an audience of physicians and the lay public.
It was produced in conjunction with Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program, a program of the California Department of Public Health with funding from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant.
“Several factors contribute to the dismal results that our patients get from medication therapy for chronic illnesses including patients not taking medications correctly, prescribers not prescribing the optimal medications or dose of medications or mistakes due to a health system where care and communication are often fragmented,” Chen explained. “Comprehensive Medication Management is the only solution that corrects all of these problems by evaluating, adjusting, and monitoring medication therapy, and does so collaboratively between pharmacists, physicians, and other members of the healthcare team. When provided to high-risk patients the result is better health, fewer hospitalizations, and high satisfaction for patients and physicians.”