Using health technology assessment to put pharmaceutical care on the political agenda commentary
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Pharmaceutical care is a widely accepted strategy in the world of pharmacy, as well as a topic of interest in pharmacy practice research. Most people in the field would agree that it is unfortunate that so little is known about pharmaceutical care outside the world of pharmacy. There is also wide agreement that the further development of pharmaceutical care requires that policymakers become aware of, accept and ultimately support it. Although attempts have been made, we have not yet managed to capture the attention and support of policymakers, including politicians. In this article we argue that the way to get the attention of policymakers/politicians is by changing the way we communicate with them, as a means of overcoming some of the barriers we normally meet when introducing pharmaceutical care. We suggest that one possible way of getting their attention and subsequent support is by gaining a better understanding of the way policymakers work in general and then adjusting our argumentation for pharmaceutical care to better fit into their rationality and work habits. In this article, we elaborate on this idea and discuss how proponents of pharmaceutical care can use ‘health technology assessment’ to argue their case.
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