Pharmaceutical services in hospital-based home health-care agencies - 1982

M. A. Galt, Kimberly A. Galt

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A survey of Medicare-certified hospital-based home health-care agencies was conducted in May 1982 to determine the type and extent of pharmaceutical services provided. A 12-page questionnaire was mailed to 243 directors of U.S. agencies that were identified from a 1976 directory. The questions elicited information about the characteristics of the director and agency, personnel, reimbursement, and scope of services. The overall response rate was 73.7%. Ninety-five percent of the agency directors were nurses. The median patient census of the agencies was 110. All agencies reported offering visiting-nurse services, 92% provided home health-aide services, and 46% offered home hospice services. Ninety-nine percent and 91% reported receiving reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid, respectively. One fourth of the agencies provided home services that traditionally involve hospital pharmacists, including intravenous therapy (29%), home chemotherapy (18%), and total parenteral nutrition (18%). Although 85% of the agency directors reported using the services of a pharmacist, only 4% actually employed a pharmacist on their staff. The directors viewed educational programs, drug regimen review, and drug information services as the most important functions of pharmacists in home health-care agencies. Although these agencies provided an array of pharmaceutical services in 1982, very few pharmacists were actually employed. Additional studies are needed to re-evaluate the current status of pharmacy involvement in home health care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2355-2359
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Hospital Pharmacy
Volume41
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes

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Hospital Based Home Care Services
Home Care Agencies
Pharmaceutical Services
Pharmacists
Medicare
Home Health Aides
Drug Information Services
Directories
Community Health Nurses
Hospices
Total Parenteral Nutrition
Medicaid
Censuses
Home Care Services
Health Services
Nurses
Delivery of Health Care
Drug Therapy
Pharmaceutical Preparations

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  • Leadership and Management
  • Pharmaceutical Science

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Pharmaceutical services in hospital-based home health-care agencies - 1982. / Galt, M. A.; Galt, Kimberly A.

In: American Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, Vol. 41, No. 11, 1984, p. 2355-2359.

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