Optimizing Patient Care is a five-year research and educational program developed by researchers and educationalists at the University of Toronto’s Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy with the support of the Ontario College of Pharmacists.
The first year of this program involved conducting research to determine the barriers to the successful adoption and implementation of expanded scope activities into pharmacy practice settings. Pharmacists from across Ontario were invited to share their insights with researchers through surveys, interviews, and focus groups. This information was then collected and analyzed to systematically identify the various barriers that exist that may prevent practicing pharmacists from realizing the expanded scope of practice afforded to them by recent legislative changes.
Driven by pharmacists in the field, the information collected in the research stage was used to develop and inform educational modules that tackled the larger issues and themes identified as problem areas. Leveraging the insights of pharmacists of different experience levels, backgrounds, and areas of focus, educational modules were developed to help pharmacists and pharmacy technicians embrace the change in scope.
Now in its third year, the Optimizing Patient Care program has developed ten online educational modules.
It is our hope that these modules will not only be relevant for practicing pharmacists, but also useful for pharmacy students. These online learning modules are free to use as part of the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy’s commitment to help the pharmacy community grow, gain confidence, and help practitioners across the country become healthcare leaders in their communities.