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From The CriticsReviewer: Phillip A. Nowakowski, PharmD (Genderm Pharmaceutics)
Description: This is an overview of the Standards for Long Term Care (LTC) pharmacies must achieve and maintain for accreditation by the JCAHO.
Purpose: The book is an easy-to-use reference that introduces the concepts and principles of accreditation and the measures that should be taken to meet accreditation standards.
Audience: It is primarily intended to guide the staff and pharmacists of LTC pharmacies through the pharmacy accreditation process, but it may serve as a benchmark for LTC pharmacies having no interest in accreditation but wishing to develop higher standards of practice. LTC facilities may use it to determine whether their present pharmacy provider is offering a high level of pharmaceutical care. Finally, community pharmacists wishing to enhance their practice may find it helpful.
Features: The explicit title does not describe many of the unique features of the text. The foreword introduces the reader to the Joint Commission and its purpose in developing standards for LTC pharmacies. The reader is invited to comment on the standards and approach them as dynamic principles rather than stagnant demands. Accreditation policies and principles are presented next, but the use of bulleted phrases moves things along. The Q/A format of the introduction provides insights into the purposes of accreditation and an overview of the text. The body of the book — the standards for pharmaceutical care and pharmacy internal organization — is presented as overall goals, followed by one-sentence standards and completed with a detailed description of the intent of the standard. This, coupled with ample descriptive footnotes, provides a comprehensive guidance statement. The book concludes with a glossary of selected terminology, a resource list, and an index of terms and associated standards.
Assessment: This is an excellent resource for the LTC pharmacist to attain accreditation and is a comprehensive benchmark to evaluate the LTC pharmacy as provider of pharmaceutical care and to improve its internal organization.