07/29/2019 | Press release | Archived content
In response to rapid changes in pharmacy practice models and a changing and evolving health care system that impacting the well-being of the nation's pharmacists, 85 individuals representing pharmacists and employers from across practice settings, schools and colleges of pharmacy, regulators, accreditors, and professional organizations have agreed to a set of 50 recommendationsto address critical issues related to pharmacist well-being.
They are designed to provide immediate, viable, and sustainable solutions at the societal level, the organizational level, and the individual level. Within the recommendations, multiple stakeholders are charged to support meaningful and actionable change to improve:
A complete list of all consensus conference recommendations can be found at https://apha.us/ConsensusConfRecs. Complete conference proceedings and outcomes will be formally published in the Fall of 2019.Enhancing Well-Being and Resilience Among the Pharmacist Workforce: A National Consensus Conferencewas held in Chicago from July 17-19, and was planned and implemented by American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA). The objectives of the consensus conference were to:
According to Mary Jo Collins, PharmD, a practicing community-based pharmacist from Lenoir City, Tenn., and a member of the conference steering committee, 'The depth of the dialog was inspiring, with attendees truly appreciating and respecting the very serious nature of the discussions. Even as we discussed emotional and difficult subjects, there was a true sense of ensuring that we reached constructive and meaningful conclusions.'
APhA President Bradley P. Tice, PharmD, MBA, FAPhA, remarked, 'Almost all national pharmacy organizations have policy statements, white papers, research reports, and even standards that address issues associated with work environments, patient safety, burnout, and well-being. Although words on paper can be a solid starting point, this consensus conference focused on real, actionable solutions that define what must be done about these incredibly complex issues.'
Dr. Tice reinforced, 'No single organization, stakeholder group, or individual can address pharmacist workforce well-being and resilience alone. It will take every single one of us committing to work together and engaging in the process. The conference recommendations can support immediate action by any individual or organization to affect change to improve pharmacist well-being.'
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