Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant Pharmacy Receives
The Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant Pharmacy received the 2012 American
Society of Health Systems Pharmacists Best Practice Award. This
award is given to six programs nationwide each year, and recognizes
pharmacists in health-systems who have successfully implemented
innovative systems that improve the quality of patient care and
demonstrate best practices in Health-System Pharmacy. Of 54
applicants, the Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant Pharmacy at UNC was
awarded this distinction for the development of the pharmacy
“transition of care” model and the “impact tracker” database.
transition of care model is one where pharmacists meet with
patients on both sides of the transitions of care (pre-admit, at
admission, at discharge, and post-discharge) to ensure accurate and
optimal medication therapy management and minimization of
medication errors. The impact tracker database was developed to
assess the impact of pharmacist activities on provider time. The
database showed that, on a weekly basis, the work of the two Bone
Marrow Transplant pharmacists was associated with 16 hours of time
savings for the providers, freeing up time for them to either see
new patients or attend to more medically complicated patients.
The pharmacy also received a 2012 Foundation Research
Grant from the Hematology Oncology Pharmacists Association (HOPA).
This grant is intended to provide support for projects that are
likely to result in facilitating the efforts of hematology/oncology
pharmacists to optimize the care of individuals affected by cancer.
received a $15,000 grant (one of two grants awarded this year) to
patient education tool to guide patients through their transplant
course, focusing on medication therapies and supportive care, with
a goal of improving patient understanding and comfort with the
transplant process, and
a database to
accurately capture the impact of pharmacist interventions and
activities on surrogate clinical outcomes in Stem Cell Transplant
initiatives will take place over the coming 18 months, with a goal
of publishing and presenting these efforts.