Building Blocks for Medication Management

Registration Application [PDF - 185KB]
$400.00 Maritime Pharmacists only
$600.00 Non-Martime Pharmacists
** NO REFUNDS after you receive the online link.

Why take this course?

Do you wonder whether you have the skills necessary to change your pharmacy practice from a traditional role to an expanded scope providing enhanced pharmacy services?  Whether you want to learn new competencies or refresh your current level of skills and knowledge to support practice change; this course is for you.  

The primary objective of this course is to provide pharmacists with the knowledge and skills to facilitate the provision of comprehensive medication management and patient centred care.  Incorporating patient assessment and monitoring in an efficient manner, without disrupting dispensing workflow, will help pharmacists to manage their time while providing quality patient services.  Following the tips and strategies provided in the various modules will allow pharmacists to confidently approach the many patient care situations encountered in daily practice.  The transferrable skills you will learn can be implemented in medication management programs for patients regardless of their diagnosis.

Course objectives

By the end of this program, you will be able to:

  • Assess patients for appropriate drug therapy
  • Make effective clinical decisions
  • Perform patient-centered interviewing
  • Provide effective and efficient patient interactions
  • Think critically to determine and how information should change your practice
  • Interpret lab values
  • Determine patients who are most likely to benefit from your interventions
  • Incorporate basic patient and physical assessment into drug therapy monitoring
  • Measure and document patient care

Course availability

Currently, BBMM is only being offered "on demand" online. This program has been produced from archived sessions. You can register anytime and work at your own pace.

Program requirements

1. Attend all the modules (live online or archived)
2. Complete all the pre and post module quizzes
3. Complete the exam with a minimum 70% result

Program Modules

Participants will become familiar with how the course will unfold.  General information about program delivery including timelines and participant & presenter responsibilities and will be reviewed.  This discussion will include an overview of the syllabus and the resources that will be available.

Module 1: Clinical Decision Making & the Pharmacist Patient Care Process
Clinical decision making is an essential skill in any pharmacy practice. This unit will review the foundational aspects of the patient care process and describe in detail the key factors in clinical decision making.  The unit will focus on the importance of patient assessment, implementation of evidence-based best practice and how monitoring should be incorporated into all patient care decisions.  Throughout this unit we will discuss opportunities and challenges for expanded scope of pharmacists practice enabled by enhanced clinical decision making.

Module 2: Effective Patient Interactions and Opportunities
Pharmacists have the potential to significantly enhance the health of Canadians. It's a challenge though, for a profession that often works with incomplete information. In a utopian world with time, collaboration, money and space, the public would benefit from the best that pharmacists have to offer. Community pharmacists, however, must deal with the realities of the front line. Join us in exploring incremental opportunities to gather the information we need to provide effective patient centered care.

Module 3: Knowing When and How Information Should Change Your Practice
At the heart of this module is the challenge of translating evidence-based knowledge into practice. It will help you recognize your own critical appraisal skills and put them into practice. It will also help you further develop these skills of searching, filtering, appraising, and applying. The newly introduced Katie Program will serve as a platform for answering the questions “should this information change my practice?” and “how should this information change my practice” as they relate to the Pampers health concerns.

Module 4: Motivational Interviewing: Ready? Set? Go!
The importance of adherence and self-care to achieve positive clinical outcomes has never been clearer. Overwhelming evidence points to the critical role of patient behavior. Yet healthcare providers continue to struggle to help those individuals who are not ready to change. This module will provide the pharmacist with practical strategies to assess readiness and help support those who struggle to adhere to their care plans. The strategies are grounded in motivational interviewing and minimal intervention.

Module 5: Within Normal Limits: Lab Value Interpretation
Lab value interpretation is an essential component of a complete patient assessment.  Optimal monitoring of drug therapy, for both efficacy and toxicity, requires the interpretation of lab values on a regular basis.  The goal of this module is to aid the pharmacist in becoming comfortable with interpreting common lab work and using it as a component of patient assessment and drug therapy monitoring. 

Module 6: Write it Right: Documenting Patient Care
Documentation is a critical part of health care.  Through appropriate interaction with the patient and careful documentation, pharmacists are able to identify drug related problems, make recommendations, and monitor patient’s drug therapy.  Proper documentation also allows pharmacists to communicate effectively with other members of the health care team.  These interactions ultimately aid in improving the health of the patient.  As an essential component of complete patient care, the importance of documentation cannot be overlooked.  The goal of this module is to aid the pharmacist in integrating documentation into their busy practices, with focus on keeping documentation simple and effective.