Dennis K. Helling

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Medication use was studied in a rural, elderly population. Household interviews were conducted of 3,467 individuals aged 65 years or older. A total of 9,955 prescription or nonprescription drugs were reported by the respondents. The overall mean number of drugs per respondent was 2.87, while 12% of all respondents were not taking any drugs. Mean(More)
OBJECTIVE To review studies that document the impact of clinical pharmacy services in ambulatory care settings and to propose standards of practice and resource allocation needs in ambulatory care. DATA SOURCES English-language literature from 1970 through 1991 was reviewed and the representative literature is described. STUDY SELECTION Studies were(More)
This study assessed the impact of physician exposure to clinical pharmacy services on the appropriateness of physician prescribing and on medication costs. Two study sites were used: FPC (primary resident training office without clinical pharmacist) and PMC (satellite office with clinical pharmacist). The same physicians provided care at both study sites.(More)
PURPOSE A telepharmacy service in a health maintenance organization is described. SUMMARY Kaiser Permanente Colorado Region's clinical pharmacy call center (CPCC) was established in 1996 after an audit showed that the third most common type of call to the regional call center involved questions about drug therapy. The service was developed through(More)
This study was designed to determine whether prescribing patterns in family practice residency training offices were more favorable in offices with clinical pharmacists. Two family practice residency training offices with clinical pharmacists and two offices without clinical pharmacists served as study sites. At each office, 100 prescription copies were(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE To determine the effect of early and sustained enrollment in a comprehensive cardiac care (CCC) program on all-cause mortality in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). DESIGN Retrospective, longitudinal cohort study. DATA SOURCE Kaiser Permanente Colorado tracking database. PATIENTS A total of 4896 patients with an incident(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe innovative programs within the Kaiser Permanente Pharmacy Department in the Colorado Region. SETTING One of eight regions of the nation's largest nonprofit health maintenance organization. PRACTICE DESCRIPTION The pharmacy department comprises two services, Clinical Pharmacy Services and Pharmacy Operations/Support Services, which(More)