A collaboration between IMAGINE and the University of Alberta, Med Wise is a peer-led, skill-based educational and behavioral intervention designed for seniors to help manage their medication and improve communication with their pharmacist.
Med Wise was developed in Wisconsin in 2013 and adapted for Alberta by Lisa Guirguis, Associate Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Alberta (U of A). Guirguis believed it would work well for seniors and developed the program with help from her faculty, the University’s Extension program and IMAGINE.
A series of pilot projects were organized by IMAGINE’s Linda Kolewaski in September 2019. The pilot consisted of three groups who gathered in Cold Lake, Bonnnyville, and Glendon/Lacorey. A peer-facilitator led a group of 15-20 people through a work booklet, role-playing scenarios and personal stories. All participants gained knowledge on medications, terminology, communication skills, role of the pharmacist and how to develop their own medication plan.
Linda saw “everyone walk-out with more confidence in dealing with their health team – to ask questions, understand terms, and decide for themselves who they would invite into their health home“.
Findings from the pilot project are helping to improve the program and shape the curriculum into a four-hour workshop. Linda and the U of A team hope to roll out the project across Alberta. “Starting small and making connections with peers and senior centres will be my first step.” Linda said.
If you would like more information on Med Wise Alberta, contact info@imaginecitizens.