Research

The goal of the Pharmacy Innovation Network is to facilitate research that is meaningful to patients, pharmacists, providers, and payers. This includes evaluation of innovative patient care services and patient-centered outcomes. This short video provides more information on who we are and what we do.


All studies conducted through the Pharmacy Innovation Network are reviewed for scientific merit, relevance to pharmacy practice, and feasibility by the Network Advisory Board. Network pharmacies can choose to opt in to a research study where applicable. Not all research studies will be available to every pharmacy within the network. Researchers who seek to implement a study through the network or those with additional questions should contact the Pharmacy Innovation Network at PharmacyNet@pitt.edu.

Active Research

Goal: Create a statewide community pharmacy research network that aligns patients, pharmacists and researchers

Investigators: Kim Coley, Joni Carroll, Melissa McGivney

This project seeks input from community pharmacists and their patients to inform the development of a community pharmacy practice-based research network (PBRN) in Pennsylvania. This network will ultimately provide an innovative way to facilitate research that is meaningful to both patients and pharmacists.

Funding Source: Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Contact: coley@pitt.edu


Goal: Facilitate partnerships between community pharmacy enhanced services networks (CPESNs) and schools of pharmacy

Investigators: Melissa McGivney, Joni Carroll, Kim Coley

This project will create a blueprint and initiate strategic partnerships between CPESNs and schools of pharmacy to facilitate and accelerate community pharmacy practice transformation.

Funding Source: Community Pharmacy Foundation

Contact: mmcgivney@pitt.edu


Goal: Utilize community pharmacy prescription dispensing data to impact opportunities for pharmacist-prescriber collaboration

Investigators: Joni Carroll, Kim Coley, Brandon Antinopoulos, Hannah Renner, Melissa McGivney

This study seeks input from pharmacists and prescribers on the impact of using an infographic to facilitate pharmacist-prescriber collaboration in the care of mutual patients. Each infographic is tailored toward a prescriber and uses prescription dispensing data from mutual patients to highlight collaborative opportunities.

Funding Source: Community Pharmacy Foundation

Contact: joni.carroll@pitt.edu


Goal: Identify early implementation strategies used by Pennsylvania community pharmacists to begin the National Diabetes Prevention Program at their pharmacies

Amber Lapping, Kim Coley, Joni Carroll, Brandon Antinopoulos, Renee Richardson, Katie Doong, Melissa McGivney, Lucas Berenbrok

Pennsylvania community pharmacists who are participating in the NDPP will be interviewed to gain insight on successful implementation strategies.

Funding Source: Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Educational Foundation

Contact: berenbro@pitt.edu


Goal: Develop a case series regarding community pharmacist-provided comprehensive medication management services

Investigators: Katie Doong, Sneha Mitra, Joni Carroll, Kim Coley, Stephanie McGrath, Melissa McGivney

A series of interviews with pharmacists participating in the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network was conducted to describe the complexity of patient care provided at each pharmacy site. Minnesota Health Care Programs Medication Therapy Management Services Current Procedural Terminology codes were used to classify case complexity.

Funding Source: Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Educational Foundation

Contact: Joni.Carroll@pitt.edu


Goal: Understand the impact of a medication adherence packaging service on patient-centered outcomes at an independent community pharmacy

Investigators: Cathy Phi, Lucas Berenbrok, Melissa McGivney, Ashley Firm, Lindsey Meston, Joni Carroll, Katie Doong, Kim Coley

This mixed-methods project utilizes a telephonic survey to collect information from patients participating in a medication adherence packaging program. The goal is to assess the impact of this program on the patient experience including medication self-efficacy, independence, and quality of life.

Funding Source: Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Educational Foundation

Contact: coley@pitt.edu


Goal: Understand the impact of pharmacist intervention in initiation and completion of hepatitis B vaccination series in patients with diabetes

Investigators: Kim Coley, Lucas Berenbrok, Joni Carroll, Levent Kirisci, Chiara Gessler, Chad Bahl, John DeJames, Renee Richardson

This project will evaluate the impact of an alerting system combined with a face-to-face pharmacist intervention to increase Hepatitis B vaccinations in patients with diabetes.

Funding Source: National Association of Chain Drug Stores

Contact: coley@pitt.edu


Completed Research and Publications:

  • Bacci JL, Bigham KA, Dillon-Summer L, Frail C. Hamada CY, Lantaff W, McGivney MS, Renner H, Snyder ME, Curran GM.  Implementation and evaluation approaches in community pharmacist patient care services: a scoping review. J Am College of Clin Pharmacy 2019. Accepted.
  • Carroll J, Renner H, McGivney MS, Grapsy J, McCormick K, Smith-Cooney S, Coley KC. Using prescription dispensing data infographics to facilitate collaborative pharmacist-prescriber discussions on mutual patients. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2019. Available at: https://www.japha.org/article/S1544-3191(18)30487-4/fulltext
  • Dombrowski SK, Bacci JL, Klatt PM, Osborne MA, Castelli G, Burns A, McGivney MS.  Financial models utilized throughout the United States by non-academic, outpatient primary care practices to justify incorporation of pharmacists in team-based primary care.  J Am Pharm Assoc 2019.(2019), doi: https:// doi.org/10.1016/j.japh.2019.02.005
  • Hayes KN, Pan I, Kunkel A, McGivney MS, Thorpe CT. Evaluation of Targeted Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Education among Undergraduate College Students. J Am Coll Health. 2018:Dec 1-9.
  • Campbell AM, Coley KC, Corbo JM, DeLellis TM, Joseph MP, Thorpe CT, McGivney MS, Klatt P, Cox-Vance L, Balestrino V, Sakely H. Pharmacist-led Drug Therapy Problem Management in an Interprofessional Geriatric Care Continuum: A subset of the PIVOTS (Pharmacist-led Interventions on Transitions of Seniors) group. Am Health Drug Benefits. 2018;11(9):469-478.
  • Bacci JL, Coley KC, McGrath K, Abraham O, Adams AJ, McGivney MS. Strategies to facilitate the implementation of collaborative practice agreements in chain community pharmacies. J Am Pharm Assoc 2016 May-Jun;56(3):257-265. PMID: 27053276
  • Bacci JL, McGrath SH, Pringle JL, Maguire MA, McGivney MS. Implementation of targeted medication adherence interventions within a community chain pharmacy practice: The Pennsylvania Project. J Am Pharm Assoc  2014 Nov-Dec;54(6):584-93. PMID: 25379980
  • Bacci JL, Akinwale TP^, Adams AJ, McGivney MS.  An analysis of community pharmacy shared faculty contributions to practice, teaching and scholarship.  Am J Pharm Ed 2016; 80(7) Article 115.
  • Snyder ME, Frail CK, Gernant SA, Bacci JL, Colip L, Ferreri SP, Hagemeier NE, McGivney MS, Rodis JL, Smith MG, Smith RB. Fellowships in Community Pharmacy Research: Experiences of Five Schools and Colleges of Pharmacy.  J Am Pharm Assoc 2016; 56: 316-322.
  • Bacci JL, Coley KC, McGrath K. Abraham O, Adams AJ, McGivney MS.  Strategies to facilitate the implementation of collaborative practice agreements in chain community pharmacies.  J Am Pharm Assoc 2016: 257-265.
  • McCartney EM, Bacci JL, Ossman KL, Richardson RM, DelPizzo DM, DeJames JR, McGivney MS. Mobile application features sought after by patients of a grocery store chain pharmacy. J Am Pharm Assoc 2016;56:62-66.
  • Sakely H, Corbo J, Coley K, McGivney MS, Thorpe C, Klatt PM, Schleiden L, Zaharoff J, Cox-Vance L, Balestrino V.  Experience with Pharmacist-led Collaborative Practice for Older Adults Across the Continuum of Care.  Am J Health-Sys Pharm 2015;72(8): 606-9.
  • Bacci JL, McGrath SH, Pringle JL, Maguire MA, McGivney MS.  Implementation of targeted medication adherence interventions within a community chain pharmacy practice:  The Pennsylvania Collaborative. J Am Pharm Assoc 2014; 54(6): 584-93.
  • Kauffman Y, Barkowitz, E, Cerussi N, Pringle JL, McGivney MS.  Identifying medication-related needs of HIV patients: foundation for community pharmacist-based services. INNOVATIONS in Pharmacy 2014; 5(1):  Article 139.  
  • Elrod SE, Snyder ME, Hall DL, McGivney MS, Smith RB.  Practice Change in Community Pharmacy: A Case Study of Multiple Stakeholders’ Perspectives. INNOVATIONS in Pharmacy 2012; 3(3):  Article 82.
  • Osborne MA, Snyder ME, Hall DL, Coley KC, McGivney MS.  Evaluating Pennsylvania pharmacists’ provision of community-based patient care services to develop a statewide practice network.  INNOVATIONS in Pharmacy 2011; 2(4): 1-9.
  • Kozminski M, Busby R, McGivney MS, Klatt PM, Hackett S, Merenstein JM.  Pharmacist integration into the medical home: qualitative analysis. J Am Pharm Assoc 2011;51:173-183.
  • Snyder ME, Rice KR, Primack BA, Somma McGivney M, Pringle JL, Smith RB.   “Exploring Successful Community Pharmacist-Physician Collaborative Working Relationships Using Mixed Methods” J Soc Admin Pharm 2010;6(4):307-323.
  • Snyder ME, Meyer SM, Somma McGivney M, Smith RB.  A Pilot Study: The Design and Preliminary Evaluation of Web-based Materials to Teach Pharmacist-Physician Collaboration During Community-based Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences.  International J Pharm Ed & Prac(Internet) 2010:6(1).  
  • Harriman McGrath S, Snyder M, Garcia G, Pringle JL, Smith RB, Somma McGivney M.  Physician Perceptions of Pharmacist-Provided Medication Therapy Management (MTM): A Qualitative Analysis.  J Am Pharm Assoc 2010;50:67-71.
  • Garcia G, Snyder M, Harriman S, Smith RB, Somma McGivney M.  Generating Demand for Pharmacist-Provided Medication Therapy Management: Identifying Patient Preferred Marketing Strategies.  J Am Pharm Assoc 2009;49:611-616.