Status: This project is in progress

AHRQ developing a self-audit application for pharmacy practiceProject researchers are developing a web-based self-assessment tool to help pharmacists audit their own practice, compare themselves to their peers, and build competencies in new and emerging areas of pharmacy practice.

The project’s goal is to create an easy-to-use online tool for rapid self-assessment that can direct pharmacists to continuing professional development opportunities in areas identified by the tool as needing the most improvement.

The self-audit tool will use three basic principles of game-based learning: triggers, rewards and peer comparison.

Starting as a paper mock-up of the proposed tool, the early prototype was first validated by target users, after which questions, videos and infographics were developed for review by experts and practising pharmacists. Now that content has been validated, project researchers are working with a software development company to create an online prototype.

Results from the self-assessment tool will be shared with OPEN’s Knowledge translation and exchange team as well as with the Ontario College of Pharmacists, the Ontario Pharmacists Association and Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy to assist these groups with development of their communications and continuing professional development activities.

Research question

If a pharmacist uses the audit and feedback tool, what areas of learning will they identify, what plans will they make to address their learning needs, and how will they act on those plans over the following three months?

Primary knowledge user: Rosemary Killeen, Director of Distance Education and Continuing Professional Development, School of Pharmacy, University of Waterloo

Project lead: Kelly Grindrod

For more information about this applied health research question, please contact Annie Lok, AHRQ administrator.