Publication Outlines Research Suggestions of Pharmacy Practice Research Roundtable

Pomona, CA - 04/07/2000 -- "Issues and Strategies for Pharmacy Practice Research" is the title of the first monograph issued by the Pharmacy Practice Research Roundtable, an initiative of Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU). The monograph kicks off a series called "Improving Health Care Through Pharmacy Practice Research," and will be followed by a second publication later this year.

The monograph lists 22 issues that appear to be important to pharmacy practice and the roles of pharmacists in contemporary health care delivery. Specifically, the report calls attention to the need for a broad agenda for pharmacy practice research, proposes a range of issues for further study and offers thoughts on the strategic planning process that will be needed to accomplish the goals of pharmacy practice research.

"It is important that we discover ways in which the profession of pharmacy, with a national workforce of over 175,000, can make its maximum contribution to society," said Max Ray, PharmD, dean of WesternU's College of Pharmacy and the chairman of the Roundtable. "This monograph sets the foundation for creating an important research agenda for pharmacy practice."

The Pharmacy Practice Research Roundtable is a 15-member body of experts convened and coordinated by WesternU's Center for Pharmacy Practice Research and Development and funded by Cardinal Health, Inc. The Roundtable was established in 1998 to propose a specific research agenda related to pharmacy practice based on an analysis of the key issues that affect the pharmacist's ability to help people make responsible use of medicines.

The monograph is available on WesternU's Web site and can also be obtained by writing to Dr. Ray at WesternU, 309 E. Second Street, Pomona, CA 91766 or e-mailing him.

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