Changes in the Supply, Distribution, Workload and Reimbursement Patterns of Pharmacists in Rural Areas

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August 2004
This study examined the supply, distribution, workload, and reimbursement patterns of pharmacists in rural areas. Pharmacist licensure data from five geographically diverse states with high rural populations were analyzed to determine demographic characteristics, employment patterns, and educational preparation of practicing pharmacists in rural vs. urban areas. The study also examined pharmacy licensure data in rural vs. urban areas to study trends in pharmacy ownership patterns. The study will provide much needed information to state and national decision makers as they craft policies on pharmacist education, reimbursement, and regulation.

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