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Research Studies is a monthly compilation of research articles funded by AHRQ or authored by AHRQ researchers and recently published in journals or newsletters.
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Wiener ES, Mullins CD, Pincus KJ
A framework for pharmacist-assisted medication adherence in hard-to-reach patients.
This study aimed to create a model for use in patient-centered, pharmacist-led interactions to improve medication adherence. The Health Action Process Approach (HAPA), a behavioral change framework, was adapted to known barriers of medication adherence. The study concluded that the newly developed framework provides a patient centered approach to facilitate and improve pharmacist-patient conversations regarding medication adherence.
Citation: Wiener ES, Mullins CD, Pincus KJ . A framework for pharmacist-assisted medication adherence in hard-to-reach patients. Res Social Adm Pharm 2015 Sep-Oct;11(5):595-601. doi: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2014.11.0.
Keywords: Medication, Patient Adherence/Compliance, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research, Access to Care, Provider: Pharmacist
Olenik NL, Gonzalvo JD, Snyder ME
Perceptions of Spanish-speaking clientele of patient care services in a community pharmacy.
This study aimed to identify perceptions of Spanish-speaking patients living in the U.S. with a focus on the care provided in community pharmacies, as well as to determine their satisfaction with community pharmacies. Based on 12 interviews, it found that primary themes included lack of insurance coupled with high medical care costs serving as a barrier for acquisition of health care and difficulty accessing timely and convenient primary care.
Citation: Olenik NL, Gonzalvo JD, Snyder ME . Perceptions of Spanish-speaking clientele of patient care services in a community pharmacy. .
Keywords: Access to Care, Community-Based Practice, Provider: Pharmacist, Racial / Ethnic Minorities
Qato DM, Daviglus ML, Wilder J
'Pharmacy deserts' are prevalent in Chicago's predominantly minority communities, raising medication access concerns.
The authors examined whether trends in the availability of pharmacies varied across communities in Chicago with different racial or ethnic compositions and whether "pharmacy deserts," or low-access neighborhoods, were more common in segregated black and Hispanic communities than elsewhere. They found that in 2012 there were disproportionately more pharmacy deserts in segregated black communities, as well as in low-income communities and federally designated Medically Underserved Areas. These findings suggest that public policies aimed at improving access to prescription medications may need to address factors beyond insurance coverage and medication affordability.
Citation: Qato DM, Daviglus ML, Wilder J . 'Pharmacy deserts' are prevalent in Chicago's predominantly minority communities, raising medication access concerns. Health Aff 2014 Nov;33(11):1958-65. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2013.1397.
Keywords: Access to Care, Medication, Provider: Pharmacist, Racial / Ethnic Minorities, Urban Health