“Pharmacists are also demonstrating their ability to meet the needs of patients while the nation faces a shortage of primary care providers,” Ganio says. “Pharmacists are working in ambulatory or primary care clinics in almost one-third of hospitals, an increase from just 17% of hospitals 10 years ago.”
The number of pharmacists dedicated to providing pharmacy services to inpatient clinical specialties is also increasing, according to the report. The most common clinical specialties with dedicated pharmacy services for at least eight hours a day include critical care (57.2%), general medical/surgical patients (53.6%), and oncology patients (45.4%).
Pharmacists are also involved with patient transitions of care to help reduce readmissions and prevent medication-related problems when patients change care settings. Forty-seven present of hospitals report pharmacist participation in discharge planning, and 44.1% report that pharmacists conduct medication counseling at discharge.