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Research Agenda

As the philanthropic arm of ASHP, the Foundation shares ASHP’s vision that medication use will be optimal, safe, and effective for all people all of the time. The ASHP Foundation will support ASHP by advancing the professional practice of the pharmacy workforce by funding research that changes the paradigm of care.

The Core Principles and Priority Research Areas is a framework to guide the Foundation’s support of research. The framework was developed by the Research Advisory Council and approved by the ASHP Foundation Board following stakeholder engagement. Core Principles are meant to be at a strategic level while Priority Research Areas will evolve.

Core Principles

Optimize medication-related processes and outcomes to improve patient health.

  • Contributes to value-based care, including promoting equity and access to quality care and improves outcomes (e.g., patient-centered, efficiency, sustainability).
  • Aligns with and has the potential to influence healthcare policies and priorities of government, payers, and organizations.

Demonstrate the impact of pharmacy practice innovation.

  • Evaluates innovations that impact safe and effective medication-related care and outcomes for patients or enhance the efficiency and/or sustainability of healthcare.
  • Assesses established or new models of patient centered, team-based care that optimally deploy all members of the pharmacy workforce.

Accelerate implementation in practice and policy.

  • Contributes to practice expansion, standardization and optimization in models that are generalizable and sustainable.

Enhance the capacity to engage in outcomes-focused research.

  • Builds the infrastructure or supports the training and development of pharmacy researchers and other stakeholders.

Priority Research Areas

  • Continuum of Care (e.g., transitions of care, in-home care)
  • Healthcare Disruptors (e.g., mergers, acquisitions, vertical/horizontal integration)
  • Infectious Diseases (e.g., antimicrobial stewardship, antimicrobial and antiviral optimization, resistance prevention)
  • Medication Stewardship (e.g., opioids, antimicrobials, pharmacogenomics)
  • Operations, Procurement and Payment Models (e.g., access to essential medicines, biosimilars, drug pricing, drug shortages, formulary management, specialty pharmacy)
  • Pain Management (e.g., opioid stewardship, screening and treatment of OUD/SUD)
  • Patient-Centered Care (e.g., medication adherence, patient engagement, shared decision- making, comprehensive medication management)
  • Pharmacy Workforce and Environment (e.g., new educational models, residency training, research and leadership skill enhancement, clinician burnout and well-being)
  • Population Health
  • Primary Care and Community Engagement (e.g., wellness, mental health)
  • Scope of Practice (e.g., prescriptive authority, credentialing and privileging)
  • Social Determinants of Health and Health Equity (e.g., vulnerable populations, underserved areas)
  • Technology Solutions and Informatics (e.g., data analytics, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, privacy, electronic health records, virtual care, telehealth, telepharmacy, digital solutions)