Pharmacists Are Not Mid-Level Providers

Am J Pharm Educ. 2022 Mar;86(3):8556. doi: 10.5688/ajpe8556. Epub 2021 Jul 22.


Pharmacists should not be classified as "mid-level" providers. This classification implies that there are different levels or a hierarchy of providers when in fact each health care provider brings unique and essential knowledge and contributions to the health care team and to the care of patients. Pharmacists are no exception. Timely issues germane to pharmacists, including dependent and independent practice, provider status, and professional identity, contribute to the rationale that pharmacists, just like all other health care providers, should be classified by their professional identity. While use of the term mid-level provider to identify various practitioners may not seem consequential, in today's health care environment, words do matter when it comes to attributing value, and the contributions of all health care providers should be recognized as equally important to the patient care team.

Keywords: collaborative drug therapy management; pharmacists; professional identity.

MeSH terms

  • Education, Pharmacy*
  • Humans
  • Patient Care Team
  • Pharmacists*
  • Professional Role