Title of research project:
CLEAN Meds Study: Carefully selected and Easily Accessible at No charge Medications – Development of a List of Essential Medications (Phase 1)
Nav Persaud, MD, MSc (Principal Investigator, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s hospital): (416) 864-6060 ext. 77578.
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Background & Purpose of Research:
The purpose of this study is to utilize experts (family physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and consultants) and to gather input from other stakeholders to make changes to a draft list of essential medications for Canada. This draft list was adapted from the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines. Studies have shown that adoption of such a list will reduce errors and costs. Clinicians make better decisions and fewer errors when prescribing from a limited number of familiar medications. Increased adherence to the Swedish evidence-based “Wise List” in Stockholm by 1% was shown to correspond to €4 million or more in savings. The list generated in this study will be evaluated to determine if it covers a high proportion of prescriptions in current practice to be considered useful, whether Canadian society would realize economic benefits from adopting the list and whether physicians would make fewer errors. The results of this project will help inform debates about the merits of introducing a list of essential medications in Canada.
You have been invited to participate in this study because you are a family physician, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, consultant or other stakeholder in Canada.
If you are eligible and choose to participate as a peer reviewer, you will use this website to review the draft list of essential medications, and answer three questions with explanations. You will be asked the following:
- What medications on the list should be replaced with alternatives? (List 3 with explanation)
- What medications should be added to the list? (List 2 with explanation)
- What medications on the list should be removed without replacement? (List 2 with explanation)
Risks and Benefits:
There are no significant risks to participants. Information learned from this study will be used to make revisions to the draft list. Participants have an opportunity to contribute to the body of research that will inform future debates about medication prescribing in Canada. Results showing that the adoption of a list of essential medications in Canada reduces costs and inappropriate prescribing could influence future healthcare reforms.
Privacy & Confidentiality:
All information obtained during the study will be held in strict confidence. Your name and information will be recorded but your suggestions will be de-identified using a coding document that will assign them a unique participant ID. Original consent forms and identifiable information will be stored in a secured network or locked cabinet until the end of the study. After the study, these records will be similarly secured until a decision to dispose of the study materials.
Your participation in this study is voluntary. You can choose to not participate or you may withdraw at any time without any consequences.
Publication of research findings:
We will publish each suggested change including relevant research and conclusions as individual reports. These reports will be posted publicly alongside the final list of essential medications. A list of peer reviewers will be posted publicly to acknowledge contributions, but suggested changes will not be linked to a peer reviewer. The names of core research members and methodologists involved in the decision-making and review of literature for a specific suggestion will be published in the associated report.
Dissemination of findings:
When submitting your peer review suggestions you will be asked if you would like a summary of the study findings. If you are interested in receiving this, please select the appropriate option. A website link showing the final list, reports of changes and contributors will be e-mailed to you when finalized.
If you have any general questions about the study, please call:
Nav Persaud at: 416-864-6060 x. 3011 (email: email@example.com)
Research Ethics Board contact:
If you have any questions regarding your rights as a research participant, you may call:
St. Michael’s Hospital Research Ethics Board at 416-864-6060 ext. 2557, during regular business hours.
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