Developing Population Based Health Literacy and Pain Management Quality Improvement Initiatives through Pharmacy Education: Tools and Strategies

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The US National Institutes of Health and the Institute of Medicine have called for improved pain management and health professions pain education. Pain and its management are associated with health literacy. To better understand our community’s pain management and health literacy needs, and to better train our pharmacy (PharmD) students in pain topics, we required all students in their second professional year (N=80) to complete audit, inventory, survey and interview data collection assignments at each of their 80 community pharmacy sites in Fall, 2013. Students presented posters of descriptive findings to students, faculty, and preceptors. Faculty and P4 students developed a metropolitan area map by zip code from these data including analgesic inventories, neighborhood poverty, pharmacy services, patient pain and literacy. In Spring 2014, the students will review the community-wide data and apply population based healthcare methods to develop quality improvement recommendations. The map and student recommendations will be shared with district managers, preceptors, the county public health department, and others and may result in new collaborations and community based initiatives embedded in pharmacy education to improve health literacy and the management of pain in the community.

Aims of the Workshop:

• To “test drive” instruments used in this project and recommend population or education based quality improvement ideas based on simulated results.

• To elicit participant interest in collaborating on a related manuscript.



Presented at the International Social Pharmacy Workshop in Boston, Massachusetts, August 2014.

Abstract published in Research and Social & Administrative Pharmacy, Sept-Oct 2014. Vol 10:5:E73-E74:

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