More than Prescribed: A Review of Pharmacy Services and Skills in Canada

The Conference Board of Canada, May 18, 2016
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There is no disputing that pharmacists are an integral part of the health care system, and the role they play is growing. Pharmacists' scope of practice has expanded in recent years, meaning the community pharmacy is now regarded as more than just a medications dispensary. One of the largest changes seen in recent years is pharmacists' ability to deliver flu vaccines in the community. From minor to complex conditions, pharmacists today are providing more services aimed at meeting the demand for convenient, accessible, and cost-efficient health care services.

However, despite this critical role in heath care sustainability, the evidence regarding pharmacists’ ability to help meet these goals is often not well articulated. In addition, their scope of practice differ from province to province, leading to confusion on their roles and responsibility within the larger health care system.

Working directly with The Canadian Pharmacists Association, The Conference Board conducted a review of pharmacy services in Canada in order to shed light on the challenges and opportunities for policy and practice. This report, the first in a three-part series, takes a look at health and economic evidence gleaned through original research and stakeholder interviews. Join us as we review the findings of the report, and identify pharmacy services that could be further assessed for potential scale-up and spread.

Webinar Highlights

In this 60-minute webinar, primary author, Thy Dinh, will discuss the report's key findings, including:

  • The evolution and current state of pharmacy services in Canada by region
  • The perceived challenges and opportunities to pharmacy practice from different stakeholders' points of view
  • The health and economic evidence for selected pharmacy services in Canada and internationally
  • The areas of convergence between stakeholder priorities with the evidence
  • The approach to prioritizing pharmacy services for economic modeling, and potentially, scale-up and spread

About Thy

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Dr. Thy Dinh is the Director of Health Economics within the Public Policy division at the Conference Board. The majority of her research falls under the Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care (CASHC). At the Conference Board, Thy has led the research on the health and economic impact of interprofessional primary care teams and the health economics of healthy active living. Thy has a Master of Science degree in Epidemiology from Queen’s University and a PhD in Population Health from the University of Ottawa.

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