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Development of Collaborative Drug Therapy Management and Clinical Pharmacy Services in an Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic. J Pharm Pract 2018 Jun;31(3):272-278



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2-s2.0-85046994125 (requires institutional sign-in at Scopus site)   8 Citations


Collaborative drug therapy management (CDTM) is a written agreement that allows a pharmacist to initiate, modify, or continue pharmacotherapies under a physician's scope of practice. While available literature pertaining to cardiometabolic and respiratory CDTM services is growing, publications are sparse in psychiatry, particularly outside Veterans Health Administration medical centers. A descriptive study was undertaken to demonstrate how a board-certified psychiatric pharmacist would begin organizing a protocol for clinical pharmacy services at an outpatient, community treatment center for mental health and substance abuse disorders. The primary CDTM service proposed was metabolic monitoring for atypical antipsychotics, though profile reviews for medication reconciliation, drug level monitoring, and insurance coverage were also considered. Potential obstacles identified and worked through during the project included pharmacist-prescriber relationships, federal and state law requirements, pharmacy informatics development, and pharmacy services billing. Discussions with both administrative and medical stakeholders across the health system were essential in helping a pharmacist detail professional qualifications, justify positive impacts on patient outcomes, and navigate these legal and financial issues. The systematic approach arrived at through the study addresses current literature gaps concerning how pharmacists can evolve their practices from ancillary to collaborative design by nature within psychiatric settings.

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Tewksbury A, Bozymski KM, Ruekert L, Lum C, Cunningham E, Covington F


Kevin M. Bozymski PharmD Assistant Professor in the School of Pharmacy Administration department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Ambulatory Care Facilities
Community Health Services
Community Pharmacy Services
Emergency Services, Psychiatric
Intersectoral Collaboration
Medication Therapy Management
Mental Disorders
Substance-Related Disorders