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Amy Fanous receives national research grant

Amy M. Fanous, Pharm.D., has been awarded a 2012-2013 ASHP Foundation Pharmacy Resident Practice-Based Research Grant. Fanous is a PGY1 pharmacy resident at ONU Health Wise and is a 2012 graduate of the ONU Raabe College of Pharmacy.

Fanous will use her grant to conduct a study titled “Implementation of a 12-Week Pharmacist-Directed Walking Program Designed to Increase Physical Activity and Improve Overall Health of Participants.” She will receive guidance from senior investigator Karen L. Kier, R.Ph., Ph.D., preventive care specialist, ONU Health Wise.

“There is a great deal of evidence suggesting that physical inactivity is a contributing factor to many chronic health conditions,” said Fanous. “Increasing physical activity is one approach to effectively treat these conditions and prevent their complications. The goal of implementing this program at the university as part of an already existing preventive health clinic is to increase the physical activity of the participants, and thereby treat current health conditions, as well as reduce the risk of developing further complications or other chronic conditions. This is significant to health-system pharmacy because it is a self-sustainable program that can be run in a variety of environments.”

Fanous is one of only six pharmacy residents nationwide to receive this grant. “Receiving this grant is a great honor, both personally and professionally,” she said. “It will enable me to continue my research in active lifestyle modification intervention programs and my work in further expanding the role of the pharmacist into preventive medicine services.”

The Pharmacy Resident Practice-Based Research Grant Program supports practice-based research conducted by residents in ASHP-accredited pharmacy residency programs or by residents in pharmacy residency programs that have submitted an application for ASHP accreditation. This research must be related to the assumptions, beliefs and recommendations from the November 2010 ASHP/ASHP Foundation Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative (PPMI) Summit. The overarching goal of the PPMI is to ensure that pharmacists participate on interdisciplinary patient care teams as the health professionals who are responsible and accountable for patients’ medication outcomes. A secondary goal of the program is to develop pharmacy residents’ research skills while fostering development of mentoring relationships with more experienced senior investigators.