Journal of Chinese Pharmaceutical Sciences ›› 2018, Vol. 27 ›› Issue (5): 352-360.DOI: 10.5246/jcps.2018.05.036

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New direction for clinical pharmacy in China: adopting a “form follows function” approach to improve future healthcare outcomes

Xiao Chen1, Xiang Gao1, Jie Chen1, Sheryl L Chow2, Moses S.S. Chow2*   

  1. 1. Department of Pharmacy, The First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510080, China
    2. College of Pharmacy, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA 91766-1854, USA
  • Received:2017-10-16 Revised:2018-04-17 Online:2018-05-31 Published:2018-04-18
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Clinical pharmacy is an important development in modern pharmacy practice. In China, the recent recognition of clinicalpharmacists by the Ministry of Health is an important step that can lead to a successful change in the functional role of the pharmacists to directly improve the health care outcomes. To optimize this role change, we propose that a “form follows function” structure be implemented. We believe that a “form” consisting of three components is highly desirable and should be established with careful coordination: (1) a formal education/training curriculum; (2) a professional organization to lead the clinical improvements in practice/research; and (3) an accrediting body for quality education/training and practice. By incorporating the clinical pharmacy experiences in USA and other countries as well as adopting this “form follows function” approach, we predict a bright future for the clinical pharmacists in China as valuable members of health care team to positively impact the health care outcomes.

Key words: Clinical pharmacy, China, Healthcare

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