NL pharmacist & physicians join forces working towards reducing opioid prescribing:
The Canadian Federation of College Physicians (CFCP) and the Canadian Pharmacist Association partnered to highlight examples of noteworthy professional practice through collaboration between pharmacists and physicians. In CFCP’s Innovation in Primary Care series, April 2019 edition, check out the exemplary patient care efforts taking place right here in Newfoundland & Labrador at the Shea Heights Community Health Centre (SHCHC) – It Takes a Team: Caring for patients taking opioids for chronic non-cancer pain.
Through interdisciplinary collaboration, the professional staff at the SHCHC used standardized processes to make opioid prescribing more safe and manageable. This model supports the Board’s vision, and aligns with the Code of Ethics (#8), as it promotes registrants working with their colleagues and other health care professionals to optimize patient centred-care. This specific model illustrates how pharmacists and physicians can team up to enhance patients’ pain therapy and reduce potential harms related to opioid prescribing.
If you work in an interdisciplinary practice environment, this model might work for you! The Board encourages registrants to collaborate with colleagues to create opportunities and provide solutions for optimizing patient care.