Considerations for Providing Ambulatory Pharmacy Services for Pediatric Patients

J Pediatr Pharmacol Ther. 2018 Jan-Feb;23(1):4-17. doi: 10.5863/1551-6776-23.1.4.


Pediatric clinical pharmacists are an integral part of the health care team. By practicing in an ambulatory care clinic, they can reduce the risk of medication errors, improve health outcomes, and enhance patient care. Unfortunately, because of limited data, misconceptions surrounding the role of pharmacists, and reimbursement challenges, there may be difficulty in establishing or expanding pediatric clinical pharmacy services to an ambulatory care setting. The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of considerations for establishing or expanding pharmacy services in a pediatric ambulatory care clinic. The primer will discuss general and pediatric-specific pharmacy practice information, as well as potential barriers, and recommendations for identifying a practice site, creating a business plan, and integrating these services into a clinic setting.

Keywords: ambulatory care; pediatric; pharmaceutical services; pharmacy.

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