OPEN who we are pharmacy practice research policy
OPEN is a multi-institutional and interdisciplinary research program, comprised of academic researchers from Ontario institutions, including the University of Waterloo, McMaster University, the University of Toronto, Women’s College Hospital, Bruyère Research Institute, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

We research current and emerging medication services, processes and policies from the perspectives of pharmacists, patients, physicians, government policy and more.

OPEN’s research provides insight about how the knowledge and skills of pharmacists can be best used and integrated within the broader healthcare system, how healthcare teams can better work together to improve medication management in all healthcare 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.

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

Objectives

OPEN has four main objectives —

1. To provide evidence of the quality, outcomes and value of recent and emerging medication management services provided by Ontario’s pharmacists
2. To train students, staff and researchers in health services research
3. To foster knowledge translation and exchange between project members, knowledge users and the public
4. To meet the healthcare needs of Ontarians, with a sensitivity to gender-related issues and the needs of vulnerable populations