P-5: Pharmacy5in5: Never Stop Learning
Ms Ashley Bancsi
Ashley Bancsi, Pharm D Candidate*
Kelly Grindrod, PharmD MSc ACPR
University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy
Topic: Health Technology Assessment, Knowledge Translation, Education
Pharmacy5in5 is an online teaching tool with the aim to help pharmacists and pharmacy technicians enhance the skills needed to strengthen their understanding of many clinical and professional practice topics. The success and expansion of this research and assessment platform will be discussed from its launch in January 2018.
Pharmacy5in5 is designed for busy practitioners, where 5 questions can be answered in 5 minutes to simplify a complicated or emerging practice topic and assist with professional development. Once a user identifies a knowledge gap, they can access the videos, infographics, flashcards, and additional readings to build their knowledge and confidence. Some modules to date include: prescription adaptation and renewal, influenza vaccine administration, drug-related risk factors for QT prolongation, pharmacy technician scope of practice in Ontario, naloxone, and serotonin syndrome with a new topic added monthly. The eventual goal is to reach 25% of Ontario community pharmacists and technicians (2750 pharmacists and 1125 technicians), with roughly 200-400 new users per month.
As of March 2018, adoption of the site was well received overall, with 1412 users. The majority included licensed pharmacists which represent 71% of the users with only 5% being registered technicians. Most users were also trained in Canada (74%) and from Ontario (87%). The most popular modules included QT prolongation, adaptations and naloxone with roughly 300 users. The less well received modules include the technician scope of practice in Ontario, and influenza vaccine administration with 140 users on average.
Pharmacy5in5 has been well received by its users, however there is always room for improvement. For example, we would like to see more engagement and use of the site from registered technicians. This allows for more focused educational campaigns and tailored content specific to certain groups. In the future we will pursue educational research questions such as how to measure efficacy, what topics are most interesting to users and why, and whether users are learning over time.