Improving the health of Ontarians through better medication management

new OPEN logo: Ontario Pharmacy Evidence NetworkOPEN — the Ontario Pharmacy Evidence Network — is a multi-institutional and multidisciplinary research program that’s examining the quality, outcomes and value of medication management services that pharmacists and other healthcare professionals provide.

OPEN’s goal is to provide continuous high quality evidence that can be used by government, patients and health care providers to improve health care practice, cost-effectiveness of services, and the quality of health care for patients.

Research focus

Ontario has seen significant changes in its healthcare system, some of which have resulted in new and expanded roles and responsibilities for pharmacists, such as the introduction of the various MedsCheck and Pharmaceutical Opinion programs, to the recently expanded authority to administer influenza immunizations and to renew and adapt prescriptions.

We need to know more about how effective current services are, if patients are making the best use of them, how they assist other healthcare providers deliver quality care, and what new medication management services would benefit patients. OPEN’s research findings provide insight into how the knowledge and skills of pharmacists can be best utilized and integrated within the broader healthcare system, how health care teams can better work together to improve medication management in all health care arenas including primary care and public health, the use (or non-use) of medication to maintain or improve health, and the development of research methodologies to address questions of interest.

Working in partnership, we research medication policies, processes and services from the perspectives of pharmacists, patients, physicians, government policy and more. Our interdisciplinary research engages investigators across disciplines — pharmacy, community and family medicine, public health, geriatrics, clinical epidemiology, health sciences, nursing and sociology  — at various institutions including the University of Waterloo, McMaster University, University of Toronto, Women’s College Hospital, Bruyère Research Institute, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Knowledge to action

OPEN works closely with knowledge users – organizations and individuals who seek research evidence to inform planning, the provision of services, policy and/or program development in the health and healthcare system. We bring researchers together with decision-makers and practitioners who use evidence to inform policy and ultimately to deliver more effective healthcare.

Training and mentorship opportunities

OPEN’s research will increase Ontario’s health services research capacity by training undergraduate and graduate students as well as researchers.

OPEN for opportunities — become involved

Would you like to participate in OPEN by becoming a pharmacy research site or by joining our team as a student or a research assistant/associate? Contact us.