11 May Primary Care: Brief Training Encourages Discussions of Prescription Drug Costs
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Kevin Fiscella, M.D., M.P.H.
Dean’s Professor, Family Medicine
Professor, Public Health Sciences and Community Health
University of Rochester Medical Center
Co-Director, Research Division
Department of Family Medicine
Rochester, New York 14620
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: The study was designed to determine whether one hour of training was sufficient to promote conversations between physicians and their patients regarding patient-borne costs of prescriptions.
We found that the training, which promoted a team-based approach involving brief screening and cost-reducing strategies, nearly doubled the number of conversations.
MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?
Response: Brief education on brief screening and practical strategies to lower prescription costs increases office visits discussion of prescription costs and strategies to reduce them.
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?
Response: Further questions are whether these effects are sustained and/or whether additional interventions are needed to produce larger and more sustained effects.
Ann Intern Med. 2019 May 7;170(9_Supplement):S46-S53. doi: 10.7326/M18-2011.
Addressing Medication Costs During Primary Care Visits: A Before-After Study of Team-Based Training.
Carroll JK1, Farah S2, Fortuna RJ3, Lanigan AM4, Sanders M2, Venci JV5, Fiscella K5.
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