The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) has released its Educating Pharmacists In Quality (EPIQ) program, which aims to train practicing pharmacists, health care professionals and pharmacy students in measuring, improving and reporting quality of care in pharmacy practice.


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PQA launches pharmacy care quality program

August 14th, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Va. – The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) has released its Educating Pharmacists In Quality (EPIQ) program, which aims to train practicing pharmacists, health care professionals and pharmacy students in measuring, improving and reporting quality of care in pharmacy practice.

PQA said Wednesday that EPIQ, now available on the PQA website, features 26 online modules with training videos, which serve as a source of complementary continuing education (CE) credit for pharmacists. Session materials also can be downloaded in full for live CE use or professional development training.

"EPIQ was developed to meet the need of pharmacists and other stakeholders both to understand quality and the role it plays in today's health care climate, as well as to guide practical implementation of the principles of quality improvement inside of real practice settings," commented Sam Stolpe, director of quality strategies at PQA.

EPIQ materials are also available for pharmacy faculty and students as a turnkey, 26-session course that can be used in its entirety as one-hour lectures in a full semester course, or separated into individual sessions to be integrated into an existing class. Each session contains a lecture PowerPoint, instructor guide, interactive activity set and assessment questions.

"EPIQ contains educational resources that can be used by individual pharmacists, preceptors, or pharmacy educators," stated lead developer Dr. Terri Warholak of the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. "It is completely self-contained, and sessions are tailored for use in a variety of settings, including community pharmacies, health systems and managed care settings. EPIQ was developed to include comprehensive materials for various pharmacy quality or safety training needs. Its major subsections cover the critical quality topics facing today's practitioner, such as quality improvement, medication safety and error reduction and quality measures."

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