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Can Pharm J (Ott). 2014 Mar;147(2):118-23. doi: 10.1177/1715163514520948.

Mixed messages: The Blueprint for Pharmacy and a communication gap.

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  • 1EPICORE Centre / COMPRIS (Rosenthal, Tsuyuki), Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Chen, Hall), University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta.



More than 5 years ago, the Blueprint for Pharmacy developed a plan for transitioning pharmacy practice toward more patient-centred care. Much of the strategy for change involves communicating the new vision.


To evaluate the communication of the Vision for Pharmacy by the organizations and corporations that signed the Blueprint for Pharmacy's Commitment to Act.


The list of 88 signatories of the Commitment to Act was obtained from the Blueprint for Pharmacy document. The website of each of these signatories was searched for all references to the Blueprint for Pharmacy or Vision for Pharmacy. Each of the identified references was then analyzed using summative content analysis.


A total of 934 references were identified from the webpages of the 88 signatories. Of these references, 549 were merely links to the Blueprint for Pharmacy's website, 350 of the references provided some detailed information about the Blueprint for Pharmacy and only 35 references provided any specific plans to transition pharmacy practice.


Widespread proliferation of the Vision for Pharmacy has not been achieved. One possible explanation for this is that communication of the vision by the signatories has been incomplete. To ensure the success of future communications, change leaders must develop strategies that consider how individual pharmacists and pharmacies understand the message.

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