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.