Decentralize-Change-Recentralize Model of Drug Information Networks in Health Centers: Decentralized Drug Information Services

  • Dixon Thomas Gulf Medical University
  • Seeba Zachariah College of Pharmacy, Gulf Medical University, Ajman, UAE
  • Danial Baker College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Washington State University, USA
Keywords: Decentralization, drug information, clinical pharmacy, health centers


Large health centers usually decentralize their services to small self-sufficient sub-centers of care delivery. These small centers are part of an extensive network of practitioners who are connected. The drug information services of independent clinical pharmacists in a health center could be fragmented. Drug information centers thus need to have a new definition of the mode of operation. While maintaining autonomy in information exchange, professionals are integrated to form a large community of practitioners. Technological advancements in communication and access to resources enable efficient collaborations to happen. Immersed in patient-centered collaborative practice environments, networks of professionals integrate drug information services. Drug information networks thus hold a similar philosophy of health centers to decentralize-change-centralize its services. Further research is required to measure the impact of this model of drug information services.


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Received 2020-02-16
Accepted 2020-02-24
Published 2020-03-18
Pharmacy Practice & Practice-Based Research