Pharmacy Students and Residents Empowering Patients to Self-Monitor and Set Goals to Achieve Positive Health Outcomes

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The caregivers at Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio, in partnership with Ohio State College of Pharmacy, identified access to self-monitoring devices as a need for their vulnerable patients. The pharmacy was able to secure funding for blood pressure monitors, glucometers, body weight scales, and pedometers, but was looking for the most impactful way to distribute these devices to patients. A project encompassing distribution of the devices accompanied by documentation of patient-centered goals to promote healthy lifestyle changes was developed by a pharmacy resident and fourth-year Doctor of Pharmacy students, under the guidance of pharmacy and faculty practitioners. The program is currently being implemented by Doctor of Pharmacy students completing month-long experiential rotations at the pharmacy. This successful partnership expands the patient care offered at the pharmacy and engages pharmacy students in a program that focuses on patient education and community engagement.


The Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio (CPCO) and the Ohio State College of Pharmacy have partnered for more than eight years to care for vulnerable patients in Franklin County. Through this partnership, more than 6,000 patients have received more than 400,000 medications valued at more than $32 million. In addition, more than 300 students and 11 pharmacy residents have participated in patient care and learned how to improve care for uninsured and underinsured patients. The patient care model at CPCO provides an opportunity for patients to talk with a pharmacist, pharmacy resident, or pharmacy student at each pharmacy visit. The patient's medications are discussed, any medication-related problems are identified, the patient's doctor is consulted if necessary, and the patient is provided with education and resources to help with better utilization of the medications. Because many patients at CPCO have common chronic disease states including high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease, self-monitoring is an important aspect of care. Utilizing funding from a grant, the pharmacy team at CPCO is able to distribute blood glucose monitors, blood pressure monitors, body weight scales, and pedometers to patients who qualify based on their disease states. Patients are being asked to record their blood pressure, blood sugar, weight, and activity readings and bring the results to their subsequent pharmacy visits. Patients are also being asked to work with the pharmacy team to set personalized goals that can help them better utilize their self-monitoring devices and better manage their disease states. Based on the success of the patient care model, student pharmacists and pharmacy residents are implementing this new program and incorporating the program into the care of patients at CPCO. They are creating a training tool that discusses techniques that can be used to engage patients and help them set goals. They are also developing patient education resources that can be given to patients to help them reach their goals. Preliminary data will be presented describing the educational program, the devices that were distributed, and the patients’ perceptions of the program.
AUTHOR AFFILIATION: Sarah Jones, pharmacy resident, Ohio State College of Pharmacy, (Corresponding Author); Kristin Casper, associate professor, Ohio State College of Pharmacy; Jennifer Seifert, executive director, Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio


health, monitoring, goals, pharmacy, students


Engaged Scholars, v. 7 (2019).