Opportunities for Pharmacists and Student Pharmacists to Provide Clinical Preventive Services

  • Natalie A. DiPietro Mager Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy
  • David R. Bright Ferris State University College of Pharmacy
  • Bethany L Murphy Union University School of Pharmacy
  • Angela Rondon-Begazo Nebraska Medicine
  • Sarah. E. Kelling University of Michigan College of Pharmacy
Keywords: pharmacist, student pharmacist, pharmacy, clinical preventive services, primary prevention, secondary prevention, clinical pharmacy service


Pharmacists and student pharmacists can play an important role in providing clinical preventive services as specified by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). The USPSTF guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services for the general population. The purpose of this paper is to provide information to pharmacists and student pharmacists developing and implementing preventive health care services. Examples of successful pharmacy-based programs are also provided. Pharmacists and student pharmacists can provide preventive health care interventions by conducting screenings, providing education, and making referrals.

Conflict of Interest

We declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests that the authors or members of their immediate families have in any product or service discussed in the manuscript, including grants (pending or received), employment, gifts, stock holdings or options, honoraria, consultancies, expert testimony, patents and royalties


Type: Idea Paper


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Received 2016-12-12
Published 2017-01-31
Pharmacy Practice & Practice-Based Research