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Pharmacist Collaborative Practice Agreements

A Public Health Law Academy training

Good Governance
Health Care

Cardiovascular disease contributed to 1 in 3 deaths in 2015. A team-based, patient-centered approach to care facilitates communication and coordination among health care team members and results in personalized, timely, and empowered patient care for those with cardiovascular disease or other chronic conditions.

Pharmacists are well positioned to assist health care teams in treatment and management of chronic disease due to their expert knowledge and training in medication management as well as their ready accessibility to the public. A collaborative practice agreement (CPA) creates a formal practice relationship between a pharmacist and a collaborating prescriber. The collaborating prescriber is most often a physician but, depending on state laws, could also be a nurse practitioner or other health care professional. When you take this training, you will learn how to improve patient outcomes by developing a CPA.

This training is intended for pharmacists, prescribers, decision makers, and public health practitioners who are interested in expanding team-based care and developing CPAs.

Pharmacist Collaborative Practice Agreements: Who, What, Why, and How is an online training developed by ChangeLab Solutions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Pharmacists Association, and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations.

After taking this training, you will be able to

  • Define collaborative practice agreements (CPAs) and understand their role in providing team-based care;
  • Explain when and how to use CPAs in an outpatient setting;
  • Consider approaches for developing a trusting relationship with another health care professional that may lead to development of a CPA; and
  • Identify resources available for pharmacists who wish to establish a CPA.

To accompany the training, we encourage you to download the toolkit Advancing Team-Based Care Through Collaborative Practice Agreements: A Resource and Implementation Guide for Adding Pharmacists to the Care Team.

This training is current as of September 2018.

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