Patient engagement has been and will continue to be crucially important to the progression and success of the Medication Safety Action Plan. Over the past quarter, two notable examples of progress stand out:
Through the Joint Statement of Action to Address the Opioid Crisis, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada, Canadian Patient Safety Institute and Patients for Patient Safety Canada are working to empower patients to improve their knowledge about the use of opioids and options for non-medication treatment of pain. Recently, an information handout was developed and released that should be provided for patients with every opioid prescription. Click here to access this tool! The handout has already been endorsed for use by the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada and Pharmasave. The Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse is coordinating progress reporting for all of the commitments made at the Opioid Summit. Click here to read the first progress report.
Promotion, endorsement, dissemination and support for the 5 Questions to Ask About your Medications tool continues to expand across Canada and internationally. Over 70 organizations and regional health authorities have formally endorsed for use within their organizations (primary, community, acute and long-term care facilities) and the tool has been translated into over 15 languages. It continues to get international interest and the action team is committed to making the tool available at all points of in the health system where medications are prescribed and administered.
Heading into 2017/18, the plan is well positioned for success by continuing to focus on our goals and sustaining impact and momentum of completed actions.