Development of quality measures for use of self-injectable biologic therapy in inflammatory bowel disease: An integrated specialty pharmacy initiative

Nisha B. Shah, Jacob A. Jolly, Sara N. Horst, Megan Peter, Heather Limper, Autumn D. Zuckerman*

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Abstract

Purpose: The development of a tool to measure medication safety, therapeutic efficacy, and other quality outcomes in patients receiving self-injectable biologic therapy for the management of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) at a health-system specialty pharmacy is described. Summary: Through a collaborative initiative by pharmacists, gastro-enterologists, and representatives of a pharmacy benefit manager and a pharmaceutical company, a set of clinical and specialty pharmacy quality measures was developed. The clinical measures are intended for use in assessing patient safety, disease status, treatment efficacy, and healthcare resource utilization during 3 assessments (pre-treatment, on-treatment, and longitudinal). The specialty pharmacy measures can be used to assess medication adherence, medication persistence, specialty pharmacy accreditation, and patient satisfaction. The proposed quality measures provide a foundation for evaluating the quality of IBD care and improving patient outcomes within a health-system specialty pharmacy. Future efforts to validate and implement the tool in clinical practice are planned. Conclusion: The proposed quality measures provide a foundation for future inquiry regarding the appropriateness and feasibility of integrating the measures into clinical care. Further work is needed to implement and validate these quality measures and determine their impact in optimizing health outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1296-1304
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Health-System Pharmacy
Volume76
Issue number17
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 16 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • accreditation
  • biologic therapy
  • drug safety
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • measures
  • pharmacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Health Policy

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