Impact Projects

Impact Projects

Goal of IMPACT:

To improve patient outcomes by optimizing drug therapy through a community practice model that integrates pharmacists into family practices.

Project Summary


A Primary Health Care Transition Fund Demonstration Project (G03-02671)


Prinicipal Investigators: Lisa Dolovich, BScPhm PharmD, MSc; Kevin Pottie MD MCISc
Co-Principal Investigators: Janusz Kaczorowski, PhD; Barb Farrell, BScPhm, PharmD

Collaborating Universities:

McMaster University, University of Ottawa and University of Toronto

Overall Goal of IMPACT:

To improve patient outcomes by optimizing drug therapy through a community practice model that integrates pharmacists into family practices.

Project Summary:

This multi-site demonstration project will involve 7 pharmacists, approximately 70 physicians and cover approximately 150,000 patients. Within each practice site, a pharmacist with special clinical training will work 2.5 days per week for 1 year and coordinate a multifaceted intervention aimed at optimizing drug therapy to improve patient outcomes (blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, pain control, constipation, etc.) The integrated pharmacist will conduct patient assessments for medication problems, optimize office system medication management (e.g. develop process for handling of medication samples) provide education (academic detailing ) focussed on key therapeutic areas One practice site will explore the use of electronic medical records to facilitate pharmacist integration. Pharmacists will be provided with ongoing support from a training and mentorship program and the services of the Ontario Pharmacists’ Association Drug Information Centre The family physicians and other members of the practice will work closely with the pharmacist in implementing these strategic interventions. Family physicians from a range of practice models (Ontario Family Health Networks, Primary Care Networks, and other types of family physician group practices) will participate in this project.

Quantitative and qualitative methods will be used to evaluate the process of integration, pharmacist service uptake, drug-related patient outcomes and the costs associated with program implementation for sustainability. The integration of the physicians and pharmacists at the practice sites will be evaluated with the aim of generating a practical and transferable practice model.

Contact information

Kathy Gaebel/ Connie Sellors Lisa Dolovich Kevin Pottie
Project Managers Principal Investigator Principal Investigator
905-522-1155ext 34901 905-522-1155 x 33968 613-562-5800 x 2504
gaebk@mcmaster.ca ldolovic@mcmaster.ca kpottie@uottawa.ca
csellors1@comcast.net