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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29724679/pharmacy-patron-perspectives-of-community-pharmacist-administered-influenza-vaccinations
#1
Mhd Wasem Alsabbagh, Dana Church, Lisa Wenger, John Papastergiou, Lalitha Raman-Wilms, Eric Schneider, Nancy Waite
BACKGROUND: One approach to boost influenza vaccination coverage has been to expand immunization authority. In 2012, the province of Ontario gave community pharmacists the authority to administer the influenza vaccine. OBJECTIVE: This study investigates the perspectives of Ontario pharmacy patrons, who had not recently received this vaccine from a pharmacist, regarding this pharmacist service. METHODS: A survey was administered in six Ontario community pharmacies to pharmacy patrons who had not received an influenza vaccination from a pharmacist during the previous year...
April 24, 2018: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29531630/medical-assistance-in-dying-examining-canadian-pharmacy-perspectives-using-a-mixed-methods-approach
#2
Lee Verweel, Zahava R S Rosenberg-Yunger, Taranom Movahedi, Allan H Malek
Background: Canada legalized assisted dying with the passing of Bill C-14, Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD), in June 2016. This legislation has implications for health care professionals participating in MAiD. This research aims to understand the effect that MAiD has on pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in Canada. Methods: We conducted a thematic document analysis of pharmacy guidelines, position statements and standards of practice from pharmacy regulatory authorities across Canada...
March 2018: Canadian Pharmacists Journal: CPJ, Revue des Pharmaciens du Canada: RPC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317936/what-does-it-take-to-change-practice-perspectives-of-pharmacists-in-ontario
#3
Paul A M Gregory, Beatriz Teixeira, Zubin Austin
Background: This is a time of rapid change in the profession of pharmacy. Anecdotally, there are concerns that the pace, extent and rate of practice evolution are lagging. There is little evidence documenting the influencers and mechanisms that drive practice changes forward in pharmacy in Canada. Methods: An exploratory qualitative method was selected, using both one-on-one interviews with self-categorized typical pharmacists and larger focus groups to provide context and confirmation of themes generated through interviews...
January 2018: Canadian Pharmacists Journal: CPJ, Revue des Pharmaciens du Canada: RPC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277945/community-pharmacists-perspectives-on-shared-decision-making-in-diabetes-management
#4
Zahava R S Rosenberg-Yunger, Lee Verweel, Michael R Gionfriddo, Lori MacCallum, Lisa Dolovich
OBJECTIVES: Shared decision-making (SDM) is an approach where patients and clinicians share evidence and patients are supported to deliberate options resulting in preference-based informed decisions. The aim of this study was to describe community pharmacists' perceptions and awareness of SDM within their provision of general diabetes management [including Ontario's MedsCheck for Diabetes (MCD) programme], and potential challenges of implementing SDM within community pharmacy. METHODS: This qualitative study used semistructured interviews with a convenience sample of community pharmacists...
December 26, 2017: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224635/community-pharmacists-perspectives-of-a-decision-aid-for-managing-type-2-diabetes-in-ontario
#5
Lee Verweel, Michael R Gionfriddo, Lori MacCallum, Lisa Dolovich, Zahava R S Rosenberg-Yunger
OBJECTIVES: Decision aids are tools designed to help patients make choices about their health care. We explored pharmacists' perceptions of an evidence-based diabetes decision aid developed by the Mayo Clinic, Diabetes Medication Choice (DMC). Using DMC as a reference, we aimed to explore pharmacists' perspectives on decision aids, their place in a community pharmacy setting and the implementing of a decision aid, such as DMC, in Ontario. METHODS: We used semistructured interviews with a convenience sample of community pharmacists from Ontario...
December 2017: Canadian Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167237/changes-in-the-dispensing-of-opioid-medications-in-canada-following-the-introduction-of-a-tamper-deterrent-formulation-of-long-acting-oxycodone-a-time-series-analysis
#6
Tara Gomes, Andrea Mastorakos, J Michael Paterson, Ingrid Sketris, Patricia Caetano, Simon Greaves, David Henry
BACKGROUND: In February 2012, a reformulated tamper-deterrent form of long-acting oxycodone, OxyNeo, was introduced in Canada. We investigated the impact of the introduction of OxyNeo on patterns of opioid prescribing. METHODS: We conducted population-based, cross-sectional analyses of opioid dispensing in Canada between 2008 and 2016. We estimated monthly community pharmacy dispensing of oral formulations of codeine, morphine, hydromorphone and oxycodone, and a transdermal formulation of fentanyl, and converted quantities to milligrams of morphine equivalents (MMEs) per 1000 population...
November 22, 2017: CMAJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146489/exploring-the-barriers-to-and-facilitators-of-using-evidence-based-drugs-in-the-secondary-prevention-of-cardiovascular-diseases-findings-from-a-multistakeholder-qualitative-analysis
#7
Victoria Miller, Lavanya Nambiar, Malvika Saxena, Darryl Leong, Amitava Banerjee, José Pablo Werba, Jose Rocha Faria Neto, Katherine Curi Quinto, Mohammed Moniruzzaman, Shweta Khandelwal
BACKGROUND: Health-system barriers and facilitators associated with cardiovascular medication adherence have seldom been studied, particularly in low- and middle-income countries where uptake rates are poorest. OBJECTIVES: This study sought to explore the major obstacles and facilitators to the use of evidence-supported medications for secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease using qualitative analysis in 2 diverse countries across multiple levels of their health care systems...
November 13, 2017: Global Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123598/ready-or-not-pharmacist-perceptions-of-a-changing-injection-scope-of-practice-before-it-happens
#8
Esther Ai-Leng Foong, David J Edwards, Sherilyn Houle, Kelly A Grindrod
Background: Since 2012, Ontario pharmacists have been authorized to administer the influenza vaccine. In April 2016, the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) proposed to expand the Pharmacy Act to allow pharmacists to vaccinate against 13 additional conditions. The OCP held an online public consultation and invited pharmacists, members of the public and organizations to weigh in on the proposed changes. Our objective was to explore the factors influencing how Ontario pharmacists may adopt or reject an expanding scope of practice, using data from the public consultation...
November 2017: Canadian Pharmacists Journal: CPJ, Revue des Pharmaciens du Canada: RPC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117991/availability-of-naloxone-in-canadian-pharmacies-a-population-based-survey
#9
Alex M Cressman, Graham Mazereeuw, Qi Guan, Wenting Jia, Tara Gomes, David N Juurlink
BACKGROUND: Naloxone is life-saving when administered after opioid overdose. In March 2016, the Canadian government made the antidote available without prescription, but anecdotal reports suggest members of the public have difficulty in procuring it. We examined the availability of naloxone in community pharmacies across Canada. METHODS: We identified community pharmacies in Canada ( n = 10 296) and randomly selected 506, stratified using proportionate allocation by population size...
November 8, 2017: CMAJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113728/expanding-the-clinical-role-of-community-pharmacy-a-qualitative-ethnographic-study-of-medication-reviews-in-ontario-canada
#10
Sarah J Patton, Fiona A Miller, Lusine Abrahamyan, Valeria E Rac
Medication reviews by community pharmacists are an increasingly common strategy to improve medication management for chronic conditions, and are part of wider efforts to make more effective use of community-based health professionals. To identify opportunities to optimize the medication review program in Ontario, Canada, we explored how providers and clients interpret and operationalize medication reviews within everyday community pharmacy practice. We conducted a qualitative ethnographic study at four pharmacies in Ontario, Canada, including non-participant observation of provider and client activities and interactions with specific attention to medication reviews, as well as brief ethnographic interviews with providers and clients, and in-depth, semi-structured interviews with providers...
March 2018: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037573/pharmacists-scope-of-practice-supports-for-canadians-with-diabetes
#11
Kerry Mansell, Kirsten Edmunds, Lisa Guirguis
OBJECTIVES: The pharmacists' role in Canada has significantly advanced over the past decade, resulting in increasing access to primary care services. This study aimed to characterize pharmacists' expanded scope of practice as it relates to providing services to Canadians with diabetes. METHODS: This environmental scan characterized services that could be useful to Canadians with diabetes in each of the provinces (excluding the territories): immunizations, medication prescribing, ordering and interpreting laboratory tests, and medication reviews...
December 2017: Canadian Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28972983/gabapentin-opioids-and-the-risk-of-opioid-related-death-a-population-based-nested-case-control-study
#12
Tara Gomes, David N Juurlink, Tony Antoniou, Muhammad M Mamdani, J Michael Paterson, Wim van den Brink
BACKGROUND: Prescription opioid use is highly associated with risk of opioid-related death, with 1 of every 550 chronic opioid users dying within approximately 2.5 years of their first opioid prescription. Although gabapentin is widely perceived as safe, drug-induced respiratory depression has been described when gabapentin is used alone or in combination with other medications. Because gabapentin and opioids are both commonly prescribed for pain, the likelihood of co-prescription is high...
October 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28872697/perceived-barriers-and-facilitators-to-providing-methadone-maintenance-treatment-among-rural-community-pharmacists-in-southwestern-ontario
#13
Joseph Fonseca, Andrew Chang, Feng Chang
PURPOSE: Misuse of opioids has become a public health concern across North America. Rural patients have limited access to methadone maintenance treatment (MMT), an opioid addiction-treatment service that could be offered by community pharmacists. The aim of this study was to identify rural community pharmacists' perceived barriers, motivations, and solutions to offering MMT to their patients. METHODS: One-on-one, semistructured interviews were conducted with 11 community pharmacists who practice in rural southwestern Ontario...
December 2018: Journal of Rural Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28835370/screening-for-atrial-fibrillation-in-canadian-pharmacies-an-economic-evaluation
#14
Jean-Eric Tarride, Lisa Dolovich, Gordon Blackhouse, Jason Robert Guertin, Natasha Burke, Veena Manja, Alex Grinvalds, Ting Lim, Jeff S Healey, Roopinder K Sandhu
BACKGROUND: Screening for undiagnosed atrial fibrillation may lead to treatment with oral anticoagulation therapy, which can decrease the risk of ischemic stroke. The objective of this study was to conduct an economic evaluation of the Program for the Identification of 'Actionable' Atrial Fibrillation in the Pharmacy Setting (PIAAF-Pharmacy), which screened 1145 participants aged 65 years or more at 30 community pharmacies in Ontario and Alberta between October 2014 and April 2015. METHODS: We used a 2-part decision model to evaluate the short- and long-term costs and quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) of a pharmacy screening program for atrial fibrillation compared to no screening...
August 22, 2017: CMAJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757409/beyond-plan-b-a-qualitative-study-of-canadian-pharmacists-emergency-contraception-counselling-practices
#15
Karen Wong, Susan Hum, Lisa McCarthy, Sheila Dunn
OBJECTIVE: Pharmacists are often the front-line health care providers for women seeking emergency contraception (EC). This study explored Ontario pharmacists' EC counselling practices and their perceived barriers to recommending the most effective EC method, the copper IUD (Cu-IUD). METHODS: This qualitative study used one-on-one, semistructured interviews with 20 pharmacists working in pharmacies located within a 1-km radius of a large sexual health clinic that offered postcoital IUDs in downtown Toronto...
November 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689706/the-innovative-canadian-pharmacogenomic-screening-initiative-in-community-pharmacy-icanpic-study
#16
John Papastergiou, Peter Tolios, Wilson Li, Jane Li
OBJECTIVES: The safety and efficacy of medications can vary significantly between patients as a result of genetic variability. As genomic screening technologies become more widely available, pharmacists are ideally suited to use such tools to optimize medication therapy management. The objective of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of implementing personalized medication services into community pharmacy practice and to assess the number of drug therapy problems identified as a result of pharmacogenomic screening...
July 6, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621658/zoning-out-methadone-and-rising-opioid-related-deaths-in-ontario-reforms-and-municipal-government-actions
#17
Carol Strike, Miroslav Miskovic
In this commentary, we argue that the use of amendments to bylaws by Ontario cities and municipalities to restrict where and how methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) clinics and pharmacies operate may run counter to efforts to prevent record high rates of opioid-related overdoses. As the province of Ontario seeks to reform the opioid treatment system, it is crucial to understand the structural (e.g., stigma) and treatment system organization factors that drive the actions of municipalities such as those described above...
June 16, 2017: Canadian Journal of Public Health. Revue Canadienne de Santé Publique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535455/the-effectiveness-of-telemedicine-delivered-opioid-agonist-therapy-in-a-supervised-clinical-setting
#18
MULTICENTER STUDY
Joseph K Eibl, Graham Gauthier, David Pellegrini, Jeffery Daiter, Michael Varenbut, John C Hogenbirk, David C Marsh
OBJECTIVE: Opioid use disorder has been declared a public health crisis across North America and opioid agonist therapy (OAT) is the standard of care for these patients. Despite the increasing adoption of telemedicine as a delivery method for OAT, its effectiveness has not yet been evaluated against traditional in-person treatment. This study compared treatment outcomes for in-person versus telemedicine-delivered OAT. METHODS: We conducted a non-randomized cohort comparison study using an administrative database for patients who commenced OAT between 2011 and 2012 across 58 clinic sites in the province of Ontario, Canada...
July 1, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507655/how-are-pharmacists-in-ontario-adapting-to-practice-change-results-of-a-qualitative-analysis-using-kotter-s-change-management-model
#19
Beatriz Teixeira, Paul A M Gregory, Zubin Austin
BACKGROUND: The pace of practice change in community pharmacy over the past decade has been significant, yet there is little evidence documenting implementation of change in the profession. METHODS: Kotter's change management model was selected as a theoretical framework for this exploratory qualitative study. Community pharmacists were interviewed using a semistructured protocol based on Kotter's model. Data were analyzed and coded using a constant-comparative iterative method aligned with the stages of change management outlined by Kotter...
May 2017: Canadian Pharmacists Journal: CPJ, Revue des Pharmaciens du Canada: RPC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462792/implementation-of-a-reimbursed-medication-review-program-corporate-and-pharmacy-level-strategies
#20
Linda D MacKeigan, Nadine Ijaz, Elizabeth A Bojarski, Lisa Dolovich
BACKGROUND: In 2006, the Ontario drug plan greatly reduced community pharmacy reimbursement for generic drugs. In exchange, a fee-for-service medication review program was introduced to help patients better understand their medication therapy and ensure that medications were taken as prescribed. A qualitative study of community pharmacy implementation strategies was undertaken to inform a mixed methods evaluation of the program. PURPOSE: To describe strategies used by community pharmacies to implement a government-funded medication review service...
September 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
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