, Volume 35, Issue 1, pp 1-2
Date: 08 Jan 2013

What is ‘pharmaceutical care’ in 2013?

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Since 1990, the question ‘What is pharmaceutical care’ was usually answered with Hepler and Strand’s definition: “Pharmaceutical care is the responsible provision of drug therapy for the purpose of achieving definite outcomes that improve a patient’s quality of life” [1]. Nonetheless, already since 1990 some debate existed about different elements in this definition, and also different understandings on how this definition links in with the professional mission of the pharmacist.

In further statements, consensus meetings, or position papers, attempts were made to clarify the controversies around the definition. More than 20 years should be enough to analyse the definition and its different elements in depth, and (why not) even the term. But questions still remain. In this joint editorial, we cannot provide solutions but we can formulate some questions that may help in the clarification process.

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Dr. van Mil is the Editor-in-chief of this journal. Dr. Fernandez-Llimos is the Editor-in-chief of Pharmacy Practice. Both authors are a member of the Pharmaceutical Care Network Europe. This Editorial will appear simultaneously in IJCP and in the journal Pharmacy Practice.