Providing more healthcare than you know: Ask a pharmacist
In a creative initiative for 2013, the Canadian Pharmacists’ Association will be launching a month-long campaign this March to raise awareness about the key role pharmacists play in healthcare. Some smaller organizations and businesses will be transitioning into the month-long event in 2014; for them, the awareness campaign will proceed as Pharmacist Awareness Week, from March 3 to 9.
With the theme “Providing more healthcare than you know: Ask a pharmacist”, the event highlights the need for patients to keep a close connection with their pharmacists. Even if they are not precisely on the front lines of medical care, these professionals are integral players in the health and wellness of Canadians. In fact, a recent Gallup poll shows that people rate pharmacists among the most trusted professionals, a consistent top-three choice along with nurses and physicians.
Nova Scotia pharmacist Karen Fraser, of Amherst’s Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, has developed a system that will help pharmacists give the best care possible to their clients. Fraser explains, “I think people everywhere should be reminded of how important it is to be their own best advocate for their medication regime.” Asking your pharmacist questions and sharing updated information can be facilitated with Fraser’s A.W.A.R.E. system: sk your pharmacist about your medications.
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