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Potential cost avoidance of pharmacy students' patient care activities during advanced pharmacy practice experiences



Potential cost avoidance of pharmacy students' patient care activities during advanced pharmacy practice experiences



American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 77(8): 164



To evaluate the potential cost avoidance of student interventions documented by fourth-year (P4) student pharmacists during advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs) in outpatient and inpatient settings. The school-wide Web-based intervention database was retrospectively analyzed to review characteristics of interventions documented during the 2011-2012 APPE cycle. Potential cost avoidance for interventions was derived from a comprehensive literature review and adjusted to 2011 dollars based on the consumer price index for medical care. Eighty-seven students (71% of the graduating class) documented 5,775 interventions over 36 weeks, with an estimated potential total cost avoidance of $908,800. The intervention categories associated with the greatest cost avoidance were prevention of adverse drug events, provider education, and patient education. Fourth-year student pharmacists and their preceptors had a positive impact, contributing to potential cost avoidance in both the inpatient and outpatient pharmacy settings.

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Accession: 055080437

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PMID: 24159205

DOI: 10.5688/ajpe778164


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