The effect of community pharmacy-based interventions on patient health outcomes: A systematic review

Susan J. Blalock, Andrew W. Roberts, Julie C. Lauffenburger, Trey Thompson, Shanna K. O'Connor

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Many studies have demonstrated the beneficial effects that pharmacist-provided patient care services can have on patient health outcomes. However, the effectiveness of patient care services delivered by pharmacists in community pharmacy settings, where organizational barriers may affect service implementation or limit effectiveness, remains unclear. The authors systematically reviewed the literature on the effectiveness of pharmacist-delivered patient care services in community pharmacy settings in the United States. Of the 749 articles retrieved, 21 were eligible for inclusion in the review. Information concerning 134 outcomes was extracted from the included articles. Of these, 50 (37.3%) demonstrated statistically significant, beneficial intervention effects. The percentage of studies reporting favorable findings ranged from 50% for blood pressure to 0% for lipids, safety outcomes, and quality of life. Our findings suggest that evidence supporting the effectiveness of pharmacist-provided direct patient care services delivered in the community pharmacy setting is more limited than in other settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-266
Number of pages32
JournalMedical Care Research and Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2013


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Policy

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