Characterizing the Role of Pharmacists in Palliative Care

Topic: Staffing Models

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A crucial component of palliative care is the provision of services to a patient by an interdisciplinary team. This team is often comprised of a physician, a registered nurse, a social worker, and a chaplian. Pharmacists make valuable contributions to team-based patient care by recommending appropriate therapy selections, providing medication education to patients and care providers, monitoring for side effects and therapeutic response, and assisting with the development of medication-based policies. The role of pharmacists as part of the interdisciplinary teams, however, is poorly defined. The purpose of this research is to characterize the presence of pharmacists in palliative care teams, their role and responsibilities, and training in palliative care

Author

  • Kathryn Walker, PHARMD
  • University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
  • 201 E. University Pkwy 33rd St Bldg, Suite 415
  • Baltimore, MD 21218
  • (410) 554-2923

Co-authors

  • Diana Stewart, PharmD
  • Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD

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