The value of pharmacy services on a short-term medical mission trip: description of services and assessment of team satisfaction

Ann Pharmacother. 2011 Dec;45(12):1576-81. doi: 10.1345/aph.1Q328. Epub 2011 Nov 8.


Background: Pharmacists should be key members of a medical mission trip by providing assistance with medication knowledge and therapeutics.

Objective: To determine the value of a pharmacist as a member of a medical mission team through (1) pharmacy interventions on 2 medical teams and 1 women's health team and (2) team satisfaction with the pharmacy services.

Methods: Pharmacy interventions were documented by 2 medical teams and 1 women's health team and included, but were not limited to, dosing recommendations, medication selection, and therapeutic substitution. Team satisfaction was determined from a 10-question survey administered on the last clinical day to all team members except pharmacists, pharmacy students, and physical therapists.

Results: The pharmacy service dispensed 2119 prescriptions, with an average number of prescriptions of 1.84 per patient. A total of 2340 interventions were provided by the pharmacy service, averaging 2.04 interventions per patient and 1.1 interventions per prescription. The survey indicated that a pharmacist serves an integral role for the multidisciplinary medical team.

Conclusions: Pharmacists play an important role in a short-term medical mission trip by serving as sources for medication knowledge and ensuring appropriate medication therapy management as part of the interdisciplinary team.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Community Pharmacy Services*
  • Data Collection
  • Drug Prescriptions
  • Drug Substitution
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medical Missions*
  • Middle Aged
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Pharmaceutical Services*
  • Pharmacists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Women's Health Services
  • Young Adult