PANL Presentation to Health Accord NL Quality Health Care Committee
Today, April 1, 2021, PANL participated in a symposium on Appropriate Drug Utilization, hosted by the Quality Health Care Committee of the Health Accord NL task force.
Janice Audeau, PANL President, was joined by Dr. Ross Tsuyuki, University of Alberta, to deliver a presentation titled Evidence-Based Solutions to Improve Healthcare Quality.
The Committee defines Quality as, “the extent to which health care and social services provided to patients, residents, and client populations improves the likelihood of desired health outcomes.

Guided by current professional knowledge, care will be safe, effective, timely, efficient, equitable and people-centered.”
With that in mind, our presentation offered evidence-based solutions to the elements of quality, specifically:
  • Safe, effective and evidence-based services: we presented evidence for a significant reduction in blood pressure, cardiovascular risk, improvements in type 2 diabetes control, and effective treatment of urinary tract infections by pharmacist assessment, prescribing and care.
  • Timely care: we presented an example of treatment of urinary tract infections by pharmacists decreasing the wait time to see another prescriber.
  • Not only efficient,  but in fact cost-saving care: we demonstrated that very few interventions actually put money back into the healthcare system.
  • All of which is equitably accessible throughout Newfoundland and Labrador and centered on people and their needs - not the needs of healthcare professionals.
The presentation is available online.

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