Impact of pharmacist-led workplace health events on participant health awareness and behaviour
Author(s): ,
Brendan Woods
Affiliations:
BScPharm candidate (2017)
Jillian Reardon
Affiliations:
BScPharm ACPR PharmD
Canadian Pharmacists Conference ePoster Library. Gobis B. Jun 3, 2017; 174239
Barbara Gobis
Barbara Gobis
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Abstract
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Objectives
To measure the impact of pharmacist-led workplace health events on participant health awareness and behaviour.

Methods
Three health fairs were conducted for University of British Columbia (UBC) employees between 2013-2015 on heart, bone and lung health. Participants received health education, screening and consultation from pharmacy students and pharmacists. Participant opinion data was gathered via surveys developed and administered by UBC Human Resources. Clinical data was extracted from pharmacist notes. Analysis was by descriptive statistics.

Results
UBC employees received a total of 691 services. Clinical and opinion data were collected for 100% and 91% of service episodes respectively. The average age of participants was 45.4 years and 76% were female. Of 228 heart health participants, 12.5% were at moderate to high cardiovascular risk. Of 264 bone health participants, none met target physical activity levels, with 31% and 41% meeting targets for vitamin D and calcium intake, respectively. Of 199 lung health participants, 6% were smokers, 12% reported asthma, 27% reported allergies with respiratory symptoms and 6% reported sleep apnea. The most commonly noted barriers to optimal lung health were sedentary lifestyle and obesity. More than a third (38%) of participants indicated their results were poorer than expected. Two thirds (62%) would not have talked to a health care professional before participating in a health fair and 37% reported motivation to continue engaging with a health care professional. One third of participants identified a specific health behavior change they planned on implementing, while an additional third were considering a new behavior change they had not considered previously.

Conclusion
Participants in pharmacist-led workplace health events gained awareness of undetected health issues and motivation to implement change after pharmacist consultation. Health promotion and disease prevention are important roles within the pharmacist's scope of practice.

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