Canadian Pharmacists Association

Canadian Pharmacists Association

September 14, 2005 10:41 ET

CPhA: Alberta Pharmacists Win International Award

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 14, 2005) - Dr. Ross Tsuyuki and Terri Schindel, both with the Centre for Community Pharmacy Research & Interdisciplinary Strategies (COMPRIS) at the University of Alberta, received a special award last week at the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) World Congress in Cairo. Tsuyuki and Schindel won this prestigious award for their paper entitled Leading Change in Pharmacy Practice: Fully Engaging Pharmacists in Patient Oriented Healthcare. The award, which is sponsored by IMS Health and the Community Pharmacy Section of FIP, recognizes original works that demonstrate the important role that pharmacists play in healthcare.

Dr. Tsuyuki commented: "It is such an honour to be recognized by one's peers, especially since this is an international award. I view this award as an affirmation of pharmacists' desire to do even more for patient care."

The premise of the paper is that, although research has conclusively demonstrated enhanced care by community pharmacists improves patient care and outcomes, these beneficial services are not widely available to patients. The reasons for this are that healthcare policy makers have not included community pharmacists in their planning for primary health care reform and, as well, most pharmacists have not developed their practices to provide this kind of care.

Pharmacists can be fully engaged in patient-centered healthcare by working with patients and other health professionals. Working on interprofessional teams - or multidisciplinary care - is the way healthcare delivery should be approached. Leadership, at every level, by professional organizations, researchers, healthcare policymakers or individual practitioners, is the key to making this happen.

Tsuyuki went on to describe the key points in the paper by saying: "We drew from change management and leadership disciplines to find ways to help achieve practice change within pharmacy. Our vision entails pharmacists working in patient-centered care who are supported in their work environment by high quality research, are continuously learning, and are recognized for their contributions to patient care. This would represent a transformational change for the profession of pharmacy."

Co-author, Terri Schindel, stated: "Our team is honoured to win this award and we hope the paper's 10 recommendations will be considered, both in Canada and around the world. In our view, a global organization such as FIP should use the recommendations to help lead national, local, and individual pharmacists towards practice change." Schindel concluded: "But it is important that we remember this new vision is not only about pharmacists, it's about keeping patients at the centre of these changes and our healthcare system."

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Dr. Tsuyuki was recently honoured as the 2005 Canadian Pharmacist of the Year. As the Director of EPICORE (Epidemiology Coordinating and Research) Centre and COMPRIS at the University of Alberta, he has established himself as a national leader in clinical trials and health outcomes studies that demonstrate the value of multidisciplinary teams in community-based health care delivery.

Ms. Terri Schindel is Director of Outreach Education, Faculty of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Alberta.

Dr. Tsuyuki is chair of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Canadian Pharmacists Journal and Ms. Schindel is also a member of the Board.
The Canadian Pharmacists Association is the national organization of pharmacists, committed to providing leadership for the profession and improving the health of Canadian.

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