What Makes Pharmacy Practice Special?

Department of Pharmacy Practice faculty utilize their clinical, research, and scientific writing expertise to establish outcomes research, focusing on two aspects: determining comparative effectiveness through the HOPES Group and establishing and assessing models of care through the PRISM group. While their charges are different, faculty frequently conduct work in both groups.

Our research is unique in the way it directly touches patients’ lives.  Healthcare costs and prescription drug costs are rising too quickly, jeopardizing the solvency of federal and state governments, private companies, and average households.  Through our research, we determine which therapies (drugs, surgical procedures, devices, natural remedies) provide the best balance of benefits to risks and educate clinicians and patients to use those therapies preferentially and cost effectively.  Similarly, we believe the pharmacist can be more engaged in direct patient care, thereby enhancing patients’ lives, especially those who are socially or economically disadvantaged, the mentally ill, the elderly, or those balancing multiple diseases and drugs,  and improving the financial viability of the healthcare system.

What are Some Specific Accomplishments?

Health Outcomes, Policy, and Evidence-Synthesis Group (HOPES):

¨ Designated an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Evidence-based Practice Center from 2007-2012 and 2014-Present; one of only 13 centers nationally including John’s Hopkins, Duke, and Brown Universities.

¨ Four members were past recipients of the American College of Clinical Pharmacists Young Investigator of the Year Award and six time winners of the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists Drug Therapy Research Award, one member was awarded the ASHP Sustained Contributions to the Literature Award, and another received the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Lyman Award.

¨ Research published in JAMA, The Lancet, Annals of Internal Medicine, Circulation, and other major medical and pharmacy journals; over 600 publications to date.

¨ Research has been covered in major media outlets including the Today Show, ABC Nightly News, CNN, MSNBC, Good Morning America, USA Today, Tribune Newspapers, Bloomberg TV, and the BBC.

PeRfomance Improvement for Safe Medication Management Group (PRISM):

¨ Dr. Henry A. Palmer Endowed Professorship in Community Pharmacy.

¨ Group members have received major awards including the American Pharmacists Association Pinnacle Award, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists Leadership Award, and American Society of Health System
Pharmacists Award for Innovation in Pharmacy Practice Award.

¨ Major projects supported by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, CDC, and NIH.

¨ Research from group included in US Surgeon General’s report on the future of pharmacy.

¨ Research underpinned or supported legislative or regulatory actions in the State of Connecticut to expand the scope of pharmacy practice.

¨ Research published in Health Affairs and other major policy, medical, and pharmacy journals; over 130
publications to date.

Holle Fitzgerald at AACP
Coleman Research Day
Wheeler pharm practice scholarship