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Patients Perspectives on Pharmacy Students' Abilities to Provide Information on Medicare Part D

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Objective: To determine if pharmacy students can provide valuable information to assist patients with understanding and enrolling in new Medicare Part D programs.
Methods: An informational fair for patients of three hospital owned community services clinics was held in November 2005. Pharmacy students either in their early experiential or advanced experiential rotations were trained regarding Medicare Part D education. In addition, students individually prescreened patients’ clinic medical records to identify and provide a list of plans covering most, or all patient medications prior to the fair. A questionnaire assessing the satisfaction of patients who attended the fair was distributed to patients attending at the time of the event.
Results: A total of 40 (67%) questionnaires were returned. Almost 60% of the patients reported to be highly satisfied with the overall fair. While answering questions specific to pharmacy students’ involvement, 52.4% of the patients reported high satisfaction with pharmacy students’ involvement in identifying plans to cover most or all of their medications. In addition, 90.5% of the patients mentioned that pharmacy students were able to help patient chose a plan under Medicare part D. Patients' decision to choose/identify a Medicare Part D drug plan correlated (p<0.05) with students’ ability to communicate information about options or with the opportunity to meet with a pharmacy student prior to enrolling
Implications: Early and advanced experiential pharmacy students can play a valuable role in assisting patients in choosing a Medicare Part D program.
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Knell, Maureen. and Rasu, Rafia. "Patients Perspectives on Pharmacy Students' Abilities to Provide Information on Medicare Part D" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego, California, USA, Jul 05, 2006 <Not Available>. 2013-12-16 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p118972_index.html>

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Knell, M. E. and Rasu, R. S. , 2006-07-05 "Patients Perspectives on Pharmacy Students' Abilities to Provide Information on Medicare Part D" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego, California, USA <Not Available>. 2013-12-16 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p118972_index.html

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Abstract: Objective: To determine if pharmacy students can provide valuable information to assist patients with understanding and enrolling in new Medicare Part D programs.
Methods: An informational fair for patients of three hospital owned community services clinics was held in November 2005. Pharmacy students either in their early experiential or advanced experiential rotations were trained regarding Medicare Part D education. In addition, students individually prescreened patients’ clinic medical records to identify and provide a list of plans covering most, or all patient medications prior to the fair. A questionnaire assessing the satisfaction of patients who attended the fair was distributed to patients attending at the time of the event.
Results: A total of 40 (67%) questionnaires were returned. Almost 60% of the patients reported to be highly satisfied with the overall fair. While answering questions specific to pharmacy students’ involvement, 52.4% of the patients reported high satisfaction with pharmacy students’ involvement in identifying plans to cover most or all of their medications. In addition, 90.5% of the patients mentioned that pharmacy students were able to help patient chose a plan under Medicare part D. Patients' decision to choose/identify a Medicare Part D drug plan correlated (p<0.05) with students’ ability to communicate information about options or with the opportunity to meet with a pharmacy student prior to enrolling
Implications: Early and advanced experiential pharmacy students can play a valuable role in assisting patients in choosing a Medicare Part D program.

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