Strategy to effect change in pharmacy practice.

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The formulation of a strategy for change in pharmacy practice is described. Pharmacy has focused more on improving efficiency for existing functions than on identifying and adapting to the changing needs of society. The survival of the profession will depend on its ability to meet the present and future needs of society. Structural and procedural aspects of strategy formulation should focus on building a consensus within the profession. Interests of professional leaders, educators, practitioners, and the public should be incorporated into the profession's strategy. A center for strategic planning, supported by national pharmacy organizations, is suggested. Formulation of a strategy for pharmacy should involve: (1) an assessment of health-care needs relevant to pharmacy; (2) comparative evaluations of methods for delivering needed services; (3) integration with other health-care services; (4) organization and management of pharmacy practice; (5) financing considerations; and (6) legislative and regulatory changes. Planned strategic change will provide pharmacy with a mechanism for channeling its future activity in a direction that can effectively and efficiently meet the needs of society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2137-2142
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Hospital Pharmacy
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1982


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