BBDC Receives Generous Support for Diabetes Knowledge Translation Program

The Banting & Best Diabetes Centre’s Knowledge Translation and Optimizing Care Models Program led by Dr. Lori MacCallum is off to great start thanks to a combined $550,000 gift from Merck Canada, Janssen, and Takeda Canada.

The mandate of the BBDC’s Knowledge Translation and Optimizing Care Models Program is to ensure that scientific knowledge of what we know constitutes best practice is implemented to improve the lives of people with diabetes. Our primary focus is to identify the care gaps that could best be addressed by pharmacists and find ways to help pharmacists improve outcomes for people with diabetes. There are approximately 35,000 pharmacists in Canada, most of whom work in a community setting. People with diabetes see community pharmacists more than any other health care provider. Approximately 85% of patients are on at least one medication and pharmacists are the most likely health care provider to identify non-adherence and provide counseling and advice on medication management.

In addition, the scope of practice of pharmacists is continuing to expand from the safe procurement of medications to patient-centred care so the timing is perfect. By developing programs that leverage and support pharmacists to provide care to people with diabetes, we can improve outcomes for these patients. This will be a multiphase approach and will include community engagement, program development, testing, dissemination and evaluation. We are currently working with a small number of pharmacies to develop and implement programs with the intention of wide-scale implementation in the future.

We would like to graciously acknowledge Merck Canada and Janssen for providing $250,000 each, as well as Takeda Canada for providing $50,000 in support of this program.