Priority areas for national action: transforming health care quality
- K Adams, JM Corrigan, eds
Pharmacists who practice in hospitals and health systems (health-system pharmacists) play a vital role in maintaining and promoting public health. The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) believes that all healthsystem pharmacists have a responsibility to participate in global, national, state, regional, and institutional efforts to promote public health and to integrate the goals of those initiatives into their practices. Furthermore, health-system pharmacists have a responsibility to work with public health planners to ensure their involvement in public health policy decision-making and in the planning, development, and implementation of public health efforts. The primary objectives of this statement are to (1) increase awareness of health-system pharmacists’ contributions to public health, (2) describe the role of health-system pharmacists in public health planning and promotion, and (3) identify new opportunities for health-system pharmacists’ involvement in future public health initiatives. This statement does not provide an exhaustive review of healthsystem pharmacists’ public health activities. Its intent is to stimulate dialogue about the role that health-system pharmacists can play in providing care that improves public health in the United States.