Impact of Comprehensive Medication Management on Patients Health

The College of Pharmacy is a collaborator on a $2.4 million grant awarded by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and the ACCP Research Institute to study the impact of implementing comprehensive medication management (CMM) in contemporary primary care medical practices. The college will partner with several Minnesota health care organizations, including Essentia Health, Fairview Health Services, HealthPartners, Hennepin County Medical Center, Park Nicollet Health Services, and University of Minnesota Physicians.

The study involves the delivery of CMM services provided by trained clinical pharmacists integrated with an interprofessional team of health care practitioners. This is the first study to look at consistent CMM practice across such a diverse mix of real-world practice settings.

It is widely recognized that strategies to address the safe, effective and affordable use of medications in primary care are critical to enhance patients’ health, improve care transitions, increase value, and control costs.

In this study, researchers aim to add to existing evidence demonstrating the impact of CMM on patient care, as well as define how CMM achieves this impact, how to incorporate it into busy medical practices, and how to finance it. The project will employ a rapid dissemination process that quickly brings successes from study sites to a national practice community for adoption and scale.

“In Minnesota we have a great deal of experience impacting patient health and health care costs through integration of pharmacists within primary care teams,” said Professor Todd Sorensen, one of the principal investigators of the study. “The local health care organizations we are partnering with are recognized innovators with respect to clinical programs that optimize medication use. We will study how these organizations are producing success and how the success they’ve achieved can be replicated across the country. Each of these organizations have produced and measured important successes locally— through this project we have an important opportunity to influence primary care practice nationally.”