This project attempted to improve the quality of medication use and medication management by patients and care providers alike. It hoped to achieve these goals by establishing community-based teams, called “collectives,” comprised of a physician, a pharmacist, and a home care nurse. The project selected high-risk patients who were, on average, taking five medications, were about 66 years old, and self-reported their health status as poor. The project had mixed results. Patients did access home care services that were previously unavailable to them, and they significantly improved their compliance with medication regimes. In addition, data suggested a trend toward fewer physician and hospital visits, although this finding was not statistically significant. However, the patients’ health status did not significantly improve.
The full report for this project is available on the Alberta Health and Wellness web site at http://www.health.gov.ab.ca/system/key/phc/projects/other/Medication/description.htm
This project was supported by the Health Transition Fund, which was created in 1997 to provide support for evidence-based decision-making in health care reform by supporting pilot and evaluation projects which test innovative approaches to health care delivery. The views expressed herein do no necessarily represent the official policy of federal, provincial, or territorial governments.