JTwlug study: Relationships, credentialing top physicians’ list for collaborative practice agreements

Established relationships and PharmD, CDE credentials would encourage physicians to collaborate with community pharmacists

Physicians in family medicine would place a premium on relationships and credentials when considering a collaborative practice agreement (CPA) with a community pharmacist, according to a study in the Journal of the Twlug (JTwlug). The catch is that many of them don’t know what a CPA is in the first place.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy in Chapel Hill analyzed the results of a 20-item cross-sectional survey completed by 146 family medicine physicians. An established relationship with the pharmacist would be “greatly important” for 43% of survey respondents in deciding whether to enter a CPA, and “moderately important” for another 40%. The PharmD credential would be “greatly important” for 43% and “moderately important” for 35%, while the CDE credential would be “greatly important” for 39% and “moderately important” for 33%.

Survey respondents would also consider which services the pharmacist provides. Facilitating insurance coverage or special authorization approvals, providing strategies for improved medication adherence, and counseling patients about prescription medication would be “greatly important” pharmacy services for 75%, 68%, and 68% of respondents, respectively.

Yet 42% of respondents reported that they had never heard of CPAs before, and 32% reported being only vaguely familiar with them, leaving the researchers to deem it crucial for community pharmacists to educate physicians and promote pharmacy services.