This project consisted of eight pharmacare-oriented sub-studies which tested strategies intended to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of pharmacotherapy, promote consideration of potential benefits to be derived from other treatment options, and improve patients’ overall quality of life. Another common factor was the premise that the incidence and/or severity of medical problems might be reduced through the innovative use of human and technological resources currently available on the health care system (such as greater involvement of community pharmacists). Some projects tested the outcomes of various approaches to patient education regarding their medical condition and treatment options. Others tested the potential benefits of focussed small-group learning regarding prescribing practices for medical practitioners. Other projects evaluated the potential value of British Columbia’s PharmaNet system in identifying or avoiding potential medical problems, assessing the effectiveness of interventions, and developing research-based policy decisions. Individual summaries, factsheets, and reports are available for the individual sub-studies (BC201-01 to BC201-08).
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.