Pharmacies Look to Add Value By Offering Tuberculosis Testing
As community pharmacies strive to play a greater role in population health management, could tuberculosis (TB) testing be an important item on the service menu?
Across the country, more and more pharmacies are offering TB testing services as a way to meet patient demand and to establish themselves as a vital part of the healthcare team.
Just this fall, the NACDS Foundation announced the launch of a joint initiative with the University of New Mexico, called Improving Access Project: Tuberculosis Testing and Latent Tuberculosis Infection Treatment in Community Pharmacies.
The primary goals will be to survey patients about their healthcare experience when they receive TB testing in a community setting. Patient health outcomes and access to care when TB testing and latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) treatment are done at a community pharmacy will be also evaluated.
“We are so excited to be able to support this particular project because it really looks at the accessibility of getting screenings and treatment, at patient adherence and outcomes, and at what we can do working together collaboratively across public health, and commercial endeavors, and academics,” says NACDS Foundation President Kathleen Jaeger.
Seven community pharmacies in New Mexico have agreed to take part in the initiative.
Bernadette Jakeman, Associate Professor with the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy and the principal investigator of the study, says one aspect will be to step up to help the state’s overwhelmed Department of Health (DOH).