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Pharmacists Want More Time with Patients

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The typical pharmacist gets to spend just 10% of their working day with patients, but they want to spend exponentially more time with them; up to 74% of their time for chain pharmacists and 60% for health system and specialty pharmacists. 

That is the key take away from the first-ever Pharmacy Check-Up survey sponsored by AmerisourceBergen. This nationwide survey across practice settings found that all pharmacists expect to spend significantly more time on patient-focused activities in the next five years. 

Patients visit a pharmacy an average 35 times per year compared to just four visits to see medical providers. The potential is there to expand pharmacists’ role in providing direct patient care, but turning that potential into practice will take major changes in healthcare delivery systems.

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