Pharmacist and patient

Pharmacists: Indispensable in Managing Chronic Disease

Originally presented on January 17, 2019

Katie Cardone, PharmD, BCACP, FCCP

Co-Director, Pre-Pharmacy Program
Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacy Practice
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Krystal Scofield, PharmD, AE-C
Public Health Pharmacist
The Collaboratory @ Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Nearly 40% of New Yorkers live with a chronic disease including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. To manage these chronic diseases, adults on average fill about 12 prescriptions annually, with adults over age 65 filling around 30 prescriptions a year. This provides opportunities for pharmacists to interact with individuals regularly, yet pharmacists are often underutilized. Pharmacists can support people with diabetes and cardiovascular disease, including hypertension and high cholesterol, by monitoring their medication use patterns, identifying the social determinants affecting an individual’s health (e.g., poverty, education, access to healthy foods, etc.), supporting home blood pressure monitoring and referring patients to resources for education and community support. This webcast will demonstrate how this indispensable role of the pharmacist rounds out a health care team.  

Learning Outcome
As a result of this activity, the learner will be able to enhance their knowledge and competence on the role of pharmacists in medication management for people with diabetes, HTN and high cholesterol.

Learning Objectives
After viewing the webcast, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the role of pharmacists on care teams working with patients who have diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.
  • List ways to support medication management for people with diabetes, hypertension, or high cholesterol.
  • Identify evidence-based community programs for individuals managing diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.

Target Audience
Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, community health workers and certified public health workers.

To Obtain Continuing Education Credits: 
Each participant interested in CE credits must complete an evaluation and post-test, which is available above under "Evaluation, Post-test for CE Credits". A score of 80% and above on the post-test will generate a certificate indicating the requested credits.

Those working in Pharmacy may request the CME certificate to receive credits/contact hours for this activity. Documentation of content and handouts are available to download from the link above.

Please note: CPHCE cannot recreate lost certificates. Carefully enter your e-mail address in the system to have your certificate sent to you.

The planners, moderator, and presenters have disclosed no financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.

Continuing Medical Education Credits

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Continuing Medical Education Credits are offered until January 31, 2022.

Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

The University at Albany School of Public Health is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Northeast Multistate Division, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 1 nursing contact hour(s).

Nursing Contact Hours are offered until January 31, 2022.

Certified Health Education Specialist Contact Hours

Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University at Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0. Continuing Competency credits available are 1.0. Provider ID# 99086.

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until January 31, 2022.

Social Work

University at Albany, School of Social Welfare, Social Work Continuing Education Program is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Social Workers as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Social Workers - #0011

This offering is approved for 1 social work self-study continuing education hour.

Social Work continuing education hours are offered until January 31, 2022.