Impact of remote delivery of clinical pharmacy services on health disparities and access to care

Roshni P. Emmons, Ila M. Harris, Maha Abdalla, Titilola M. Afolabi, Amanda E. Barner, Michael V. Baxter, Miriam Bisada, Aaron M. Chase, Emily J. Christenberry, Brooklyn T. Cobb, Yen Dang, Carolyn M. Hickman, Alex R. Mills, Heather Wease

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Abstract

The use of technology to deliver remote clinical pharmacy services can help broaden the patient reach and improve health-related outcomes, especially for individuals residing in rural locations. However, it can also promulgate health disparities and inequities, hindering access to care for vulnerable patient populations such as those with a lower socioeconomic or literacy background. This dichotomy of effect requires a thorough examination to create solutions that eliminate inequities. The 2021 American College of Clinical Pharmacy Public and Professional Relations Committee has developed this white paper to examine the potential impact of remote delivery of clinical pharmacy services on health disparities and access to care and proposes solutions and calls to action for clinical pharmacists to address these areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1492-1501
Number of pages10
JournalJACCP Journal of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy
Volume4
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2021
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors thank Jennifer Clements, Pharm.D., FCCP, for guidance with this manuscript.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 Pharmacotherapy Publications, Inc.

Keywords

  • clinical pharmacy services
  • health disparities
  • telehealth
  • telemedicine

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