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Measuring outcomes of a pharmacist-run travel health clinic located in an independent community pharmacy
Karl M. Hess, PharmD; Chih-Wei Dai, PharmD; Brian Garner, PharmD; Anandi V. Law, BPharm, PhD
J Am Pharm Assoc (2003) 2010;50:174-180. doi:10.1331/JAPhA.2010.09204

Abstract

Objectives  To describe the acceptance and refusal rates of travel-related vaccine and medication recommendations in a pharmacist-run travel health clinic, to evaluate the change in patient understanding of travel-related issues, to determine patient satisfaction with this clinic, and to determine factors influencing both patient acceptance and satisfaction.

Setting  Southern California (Claremont) between July 2007 and October 2008.

Practice description  Hendricks Pharmacy is an independently owned community pharmacy that is part of the Good Neighbor Pharmacy Provider Network. The pharmacy offers a range of services including home delivery, compounding, and blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol screenings.

Practice innovation  Comprehensive pharmacist-run travel health clinic.

Main outcome measures  Patient acceptance and refusal rates of pharmacist-made recommendations, changes in patient understanding of travel-related issues resulting from pharmacist counseling, and patient satisfaction with this travel health clinic.

Results  In a sample of 283 patients, overall patient acceptance of pharmacist-made recommendations was 84.7%. The primary reason for patient refusal of a recommendation was self-perceived low risk for infection. A subsample of patients (n = 82) completing a patient satisfaction survey found that 96% were satisfied with their overall visit. Patient satisfaction with the clinic and pharmacist services was correlated with overall patient acceptance.

Conclusions  The high rate of patient acceptance and satisfaction with this clinic supports adoption of pharmacists as nontraditional providers of travel health services.

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