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Pharmacy and public health: a pathway forward.

Strand, Mark A; Miller, Donald R.
J Am Pharm Assoc (2003); 54(2): 193-7, 2014.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-24584835
OBJECTIVE To identify a pathway forward for practicing pharmacists in supporting public health initiatives by applying the five core competencies of public health. SUMMARY The pharmacist is well positioned to improve population health. Until now, increased impact of pharmacists has been based on the expansion of patient services rather than guided by a population approach to health. To increase their effectiveness and breadth of impact, pharmacists would benefit from applying the five core competencies of public health (social and behavioral science, health policy and administration, epidemiology, biostatistics, and environmental health sciences) to the practice of pharmacy. This article aims to explain how each of the core competencies applies to pharmacy practice and how pharmacists might apply public health skills in a more specific manner. CONCLUSION With increased clarity of the role of public health, and mastery of the five core competencies of public health, pharmacists can make unique and valuable contributions to the health of the public.
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