Using Evidence to Advance Your Practice

This 15.5 hour online program will guide pharmacists in handling uncertainty when making drug-related recommendations by considering the findings from current literature evidence. The program focuses on learning the principles and approaches used in evidence-based practice to assess patients’ medication needs, formulate and document patient care plans, and collaborate with other members of the health care team.

Activity Type: Application-based
Target Audience: Pharmacists in all practice settings

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Learning Objectives

Module 1: Introduction: Overview of Study Design
•      Define the various types of observational and experimental studies.
•      Describe the key features of each study design.
•      Explain the different methods of analyzing data.

Module 2: An Overview of Randomized Control Study Design
•      Explain the purpose of inclusion and exclusion criteria.
•      Discuss the various types of error in randomized controlled trials.
•      Describe the different types of outcome analysis in randomized control trials.
•      Identify appropriate statistical analysis based on type of variable presented.
•      Apply the principles of data analysis to formulate a clinical recommendation for a patient.

Module 3: An Overview of Meta-Analysis Design
•      Define systematic reviews and meta-analysis.
•      Describe the elements to consider in appraising a meta-analysis.
•      Discuss the steps involved in searching for studies for meta-anaysis inclusion.
•      Explain how to interpret the systematic review findings of a meta-analysis.
•      Apply the principles of data analysis to formulate a clinical recommendation for a patient.

Module 4: An Overview of Observational Study Design
•      Describe the elements analyzed in the appraisal of an observational study.
•      Describe how to calculate the various measures of risk in observational studies.
•      Explain how to interpret the measures of association in observational studies.
•      Discuss how to determine the strength of correlation in observational studies.
•      Apply the principles of data analysis to formulate a clinical recommendation for a patient.

Module 5: An Overview on How to Appraise Practice Guidelines
•      Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of clinical practice guidelines.
•      Identify the factors that impact the quality of evidence.
•      Describe how different organizations grade various sources of evidence.
•      Explain the challenges of applying recommendations from clinical practice guidelines.
•      Apply the principles of data analysis to formulate a clinical recommendation for a patient.


Accreditation

The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Using Evidence to Advance Your Practice is approved for 15.5 contact hours (1.55 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit. The ACPE Universal Activity Numbers (UAN) for this activity are listed below. 

Module 1: Introduction: Overview of Study Design is approved for 1.5 hours (0.15 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit (UAN 0202-0000-18-140-H04-P).
Release Date: March 15, 2018
Expiration Date: March 15, 2021
Activity Type: Knowledge-based
Target Audience: Pharmacists in all practice settings
 
Module 2: An Overview of Randomized Control Study Design is approved for 3.5 hours (0.35 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit (UAN 0202-0000-18-141-H04-P).

Module 3: An Overview of Meta-Analysis Design is approved for 3.5 hours (0.35 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit (UAN 0202-0000-18-142-H04-P).

Module 4: An Overview of Observational Study Design is approved for 3.5 hours (0.35 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit (UAN 0202-0000-18-143-H04-P).

Module 5: An Overview on How to Appraise Practice Guidelines is approved for 3.5 hours (0.35 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit (UAN 0202-0000-18-144-H04-P).
Release Date: March 15, 2018
Expiration Date: March 15, 2021 
Activity Type: Application-based
Target Audience: Pharmacists in all practice settings
 

Program completion requirements

To earn continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit and/or a Certificate of Completion, participants must meet all the following requirements:

  • Complete five self-study modules, each of which consists of a presentation, study to review, and an assessment.
  • Achieve a passing grade of 70% or higher on each module assessment.
  • Credit must be claimed in order to obtain credit.
    • Participants will need to have a valid APhA (pharmacist.com) username and password, as well as a CPE Monitor account to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript.
  • The Certificate of Completion will be available online upon successful completion of the necessary activity requirements on the participant’s My Training page.

APhA continuing pharmacy education (CPE) policy provides you with two opportunities to successfully complete a CPE assessment. Please note that you will not be permitted to submit an assessment a third time. The current policy of the APhA Education Department is not to release the correct answers to any of our CPE tests. This is intended to maintain the integrity of the CPE activity and the assessment.

Development

Using Evidence to Advance Your Practice was developed by the American Pharmacists Association. Copyright © 2017 by the American Pharmacists Association.