BBDC Guidebook for Pharmacists on Diabetes Management Interview

Guest coming up before five o’clock this afternoon. At five oh seven.The Banting and Best Diabetes
Centre Canada’s leading centre for excellence for innovation and research as well as education
and clinical care has unveiled its guidebook for pharmacists on diabetes management. And that was through the knowledge translation
and optimizing care models program. Well someone who has some direct knowledge
with that, in fact she is the editor in chief of the guidebook also program director of
the Knowledge Translation and Optimizing Care Models at the Banting and Best Diabetes Centre. Doctor Lori MacCallum is in the house today. Doctor, how are ya? Good. Good Good evening. You are actually, well you were in Halifax
for quite some time, weren’t you? Yes I’m a graduate of Dalhousie University,
the school of pharmacy there and worked as a pharmacist in Halifax for a number of years
before moving to Toronto. Well my condolences for the move to Toronto [laughs] Dr. Lori MacCallum is our guest right now
and tell me about this book. Tell me what it was that prompted you folks
to look at putting this together? Well our mandate at the Banting and Best Diabetes
Centre is to improve outcomes for people with Diabetes and we saw a real opportunity in
empowering and supporting pharmacists as a way to do that. We know that medications play an extremely
important role in the management of diabetes and that patients with diabetes will see a
pharmacist more than any other healthcare provider. So it’s because of that that we decided to
develop a resource that was comprehensive and easy to use for pharmacists as they sat
down and worked with patients with diabetes as a way to help them reach their treatment
goals. You know here in Nova Scotia the last number
of years we’ve seen a greater role being given and afforded to our pharmacists including
allowing them to give injections for say influenza. Do you think this is something that we’re
going to see more of in the weeks and months and years ahead? Where pharmacists are being given more of
a direct patient hands-on role? Yes, I do and we’re seeing it across all provinces
and different provinces have legislation that allow pharmacists to do different things. But really the move is for the pharmacist
to play a more direct role in decision making around medications. So the goal is that we still continue to do
safe distribution of medication, which pharmacists are very good at. But moving more to a patient centred focus. So pharmacists can sit down with patients
and assess their medications and work with the patient and the rest of the healthcare
team including the physicians, to ensure they’re on the right medications and their medications
are working best for them. Are we seeing any major changes in treatment
or are we still just looking more at better management? There are new medications that are coming
available for the management of diabetes.There’s a new class that just became available this
year in Canada. So they’re all these new treatments that are
coming available but even with the current medications that we have there’s a lot that
we can do to ensure that patients are getting the best outcomes. So even without having new treatments there’s
a lot we can do to ensure that they’re receiving the right drugs, they’re taking them appropriately
and that together with lifestyle changes which really helps medications work well will help
patients achieve better outcomes. So our book deals with medications largely,
but we also have a section on lifestyle modification. So how pharmacists can work with patients
to help them make changes in nutrition and exercise as well as smoking cessation. These guidebooks are being mailed out? Delivered? How are you getting them in the hands of folks
that you’re trying to reach? So the guidebook is going out this week to
pharmacists across Canada with the Canadian Pharmacists Journal, so they will receive
it in the mail. And for pharmacists that don’t receive the
guidebook in the mail, it is available through our network which is
and it’s available for purchase both as a print copy and ebook. Is it mostly geared directly towards pharmacists,
or will folks with diabetes be able to get something out of it? Well it is directed for pharmacists as they
sit down with patients, so it’s not written in lay language. There is some interest by patients as well
but the main target audience here is the pharmacists themselves. Well it sounds like a wonderful resource and
that’s something that you’ve been directly involved with. So thanks for sharing a bit of your time and
good for the alumnus. Thank you very much for having me. Alright, all the best. Dr. Lori MacCallum. Cheers. She was our guest. She was involved with this guidebook that
was developed and delivered, or as she says will be delivered, to pharmacists across the
country. Canada’s leading centre for excellence and
innovation in diabetes research, the Banting and Best Diabetes Centre unveiling the Guidebook
for Pharmacists on Diabetes Management. Those as mentioned going out across the country.