Strategic planning for clinical services: panel discussion.
A panel of hospital pharmacy managers representing three institutions discussed issues related to planning for patient-oriented pharmacy services. The panelists discussed organizational benefits of strategic planning, ways to gain momentum for change among pharmacy staff members and from others within the institution, the need for setting realistic goals, and problems in differentiating roles for pharmacy staff. They also discussed the funding of strategic-planning programs. The panelists advocated an integrated approach to providing drug distribution and clinical services. Management must provide whatever support is necessary for integrating patient-oriented services into the daily activities of all pharmacists. That support may be in the form of additional personnel, better use of supportive personnel, staff development programs, or automation. Pharmacists, too, must recognize their combined responsibilities for drug distribution and clinical services. Only by having all pharmacists clinically trained can a department provide clinical services when needed. The experiences of these panelists may be useful to other institutions planning patient-oriented pharmacy services.
Pierpaoli, PG; Anderson, RW; Kelly, WN; Linggi, A; Pelham, LD
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