Academic journal article American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Robert M. Elenbaas, Dennis B. Worthen. Clinical Pharmacy in the United States: Transformation of a Profession

Academic journal article American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Robert M. Elenbaas, Dennis B. Worthen. Clinical Pharmacy in the United States: Transformation of a Profession

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Robert M. Elenbaas, Dennis B. Worthen. Clinical Pharmacy in the United States: Transformation of a Profession. Lenexa, KS: American College of Clinical Pharmacy: 2009. 201 pages, $59.95 (paperback), ISBN 978-1-932658-68-2.

Never before has there been a book that describes fully the transformation of clinical pharmacy. In this book's first edition, Drs. Elenbaas and Worthen captivate readers with a variety of methods to demonstrate how a profession has changed dramatically over time. The chronological timeline beginning in 1900 flows across the bottom of each page and spans the entire book. Notable cultural, political, economical, technological, health, and health legislation events are described to provide the context for which pharmacy change could and did occur. Reflective essays written by prominent and influential leaders within the profession give readers personal accounts of major milestones achieved. Clearly, the authors and reviewers worked diligently to present an accurate and complete chronology of events. They also go beyond the historical and transformational scope of the book by presenting thoughts about how the future of clinical pharmacy can be approached.

As stated in the book, the text has 3 broad goals:

(1) to examine the development of clinical pharmacy and document the ongoing transformation of pharmacy from a product-focused profession to one that is patient-focused;

(2) to reflect on the impact that landmark events, publications, or trends have had on facilitating this professional transformation, through the personal observations and commentaries of some of the people who have provided leadership in pharmacy's transformation to date;

(3) to provide a strategic perspective and recommendations for the future. …

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