Comprehensive literature examination to derive Terminology Currently Used to Describe Pharmacist Provided Medication Therapy Management from which a proposed lexicon for use in the literature will be proposed.

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2015-03

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Abebe, Brighton
Dokpesi, Philip
Clay, Patrick

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Hypothesis: An evidenced based and validated lexicon providing the nomenclature to use when designing Medication Therapy Management protocols and in publications will be accepted by the profession and agencies responsible for patient care reimbursement. Methods: This is 4-step approach. First stage (completed fall 2014) was to work with medical literature research specialists (M. Whitehead) to identify the most comprehensive way to extract MTM terms from current literature. Remaining project components are: (2) to retrieve the publications, extract the actual service provided from the methodology of the publication and compile a services provided category terminologies; (3), to develop lexicon and; (4) to validate lexicon using MTM experts. Results: Preliminary searches using frequently occurring terms to describe Medication Therapy Management identified 503,953 unique articles with pharmaceutical care generating 69,689 alone. Methodically refining and combining search terms (98 iterations) generated a meaningful and manageable volume of publications (N = 1,031). Stage 2 is proceeding this spring. Conclusion: Stage 1 presented substantial challenges given the complete lack of consistency in the literature and delayed proposed timeline. Stage 2 is expected to be completed by June 2015.

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