Rewards and advancements for clinical pharmacists

Pharmacotherapy. 2010 Jan;30(1):114. doi: 10.1592/phco.30.1.114.


The American College of Clinical Pharmacy charged the Clinical Practice Affairs Committee to review and update the College's 1995 White Paper, "Rewards and Advancements for Clinical Pharmacy Practitioners." Because of the limited data on the present state of rewards and advancements for clinical pharmacists, an online survey of "front-line" clinical pharmacists and pharmacy managers was conducted (1126 total respondents, 14% response rate). The resulting White Paper discusses motivators and existing systems of rewards and advancements for clinical pharmacists, as well as perceived barriers to implementation of these systems. Clinical pharmacists reported work-life balance, a challenging position, and opportunities for professional advancement as the most important factors for career success. At the time of the survey, financial rewards appeared not to be a major motivator for clinical pharmacists. Managers underestimated the importance that clinical pharmacists place on work-life balance and favorable work schedules. Although almost two thirds of the clinical pharmacists surveyed had not developed a professional development plan, 84% indicated an interest in career planning. Both clinical pharmacists and managers rated the lack of a clear reward and advancement structure as the most important barrier to effective systems of rewards and advancements. Pharmacy managers and administrators are encouraged to develop effective systems of rewards and advancements for clinical pharmacists that positively impact patient care and the institution's mission; these systems will benefit the clinical pharmacist, the health care institution, and the patient.

MeSH terms

  • Awards and Prizes
  • Career Mobility
  • Clinical Competence
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Job Satisfaction*
  • Male
  • Motivation
  • Pharmaceutical Services* / trends
  • Pharmacists* / psychology
  • Pharmacists* / statistics & numerical data
  • Pharmacy Administration
  • Professional Role
  • Reward
  • Societies, Pharmaceutical
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Workforce