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Invited Commentary
Health Care Reform
October 11, 2010

A Prescription for Improved Chronic Disease Management: Have Community Pharmacists Function at the Top of Their TrainingComment on “Engaging Physicians and Pharmacists in Providing Smoking Cessation Counseling”

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Clinical Pharmacy, University of California, San Francisco.

Arch Intern Med. 2010;170(18):1646-1647. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2010.343

In a recent commentary, Grumbach1 suggested a Bauhaus Delivery Systems Principles approach to the redesign of the health care delivery system: all health care workers should function at the top of their level of training and skill with genuine teamwork. For doctoral-level trained pharmacists, this would mean that they “would not count pills” but instead “would counsel patients about complex polypharmacy regimens and spearhead interventions to eliminate medication errors, with pharmacy technicians and automated devices handling medication dispensing in retail pharmacies.”1(p2364)

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