We agree that the pharmacists are important resource personnel to use in patient education. However, our study1 was done in a busy urban inner-city hospital, where, although willing, all personnel are overwhelmed with assigned responsibilities. It will be an interesting project to actually see how much time pharmacists are able to spend both in an outpatient hospital setting and in the community (drug store type of situation). We realize that you work in a similar type of hospital (Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, Tex), and would be interested in hearing from your hospital pharmacy regarding its policy about the metered-dose inhaler education of patients.
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