Prescription and over-the-counter medications are milestone medical advances that impact how we treat and prevent illness. Medication therapies for individuals with behavioral health conditions have become much more prevalent and accepted in the past 10 years. Nonetheless, it is primary care physicians that prescribe the majority of behavioral health medications; overall, 67 percent of psychopharmacologic drugs are prescribed by primary care physicians (Rural Health Advisory Committee, 2005). As the healthcare community works toward a more holistic approach to patient care, there will be greater opportunity for treatment optimization but also greater burden on medical professionals to navigate the complexities of medication management.
It is time to redefine the best practice closed-loop medication process and focus on a comprehensive medication management process that spans the continuum of care. This evidence-based, groundbreaking methodology has the potential to bridge the medication management gaps in inpatient and outpatient settings and to ensure clients receive optimal prescriptions and care for both episodic and chronic circumstances.