Health and Wellness Screenings
Screenings such as: blood pressure screening, cholesterol screening, osteoporosis screening, diabetes screening, and body fat screening
- Goals of screening defined including source of parameters used (range of results)
- Target audience defined
- How the screening will be performed (space needed, equipment and supplies, staff, time, etc.)
- Include any consent forms required from patients and how and where these documents will be maintained
- If the pharmacy would require a CLIA waiver (certain lab tests will require)
- What type of screening or disease specific training the staff would require (including BBP, CPR, etc.), if special certification is needed, and where these items will be documented
- Procedure for the patient to receive counseling with a pharmacist or intern regarding results of the screening
- Educational materials regarding the disease state or health issue and that a copy of the test results is given to the patient. Indication of how abnormal test results are handled and the pharmacy’s process for sending results directly to the patient’s health care provider.
- What type of information the patient will receive regarding any follow up or referral recommended, as indicated by the results obtained and/or patient risk factors for the disease or health issue
- Documentation of screening data and results, and what documentation is to be kept by the pharmacy
- How the program will be evaluated
For example, a Diabetes Screening Event will typically include a finger stick blood sample obtained to use in a blood glucose monitor and/or A1c monitor. Consent and HIPAA forms will be required as well as compliance with privacy practices. BBP training for staff involved is required. A CLIA waiver is needed. Test results above a normal level (as determined by ADA criteria, for example) would result in a recommendation for follow-up. Counseling of patient and educational materials would include guidelines and explanations for the test results, general diabetes information including risk factors for diabetes and resources for more information such as the pharmacy, health organizations, trusted websites, etc.