CADTH launches Rx for Change - a publicly accessible interventions database on the effects of behaviour change strategies to help promote optimal prescribing and use of drugs



    OTTAWA, Nov. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Agency for Drugs and
Technologies in Health (CADTH) today announced the launch of Rx for Change - a
publicly accessible interventions database for health care policy makers and
health care professionals, providing easy access to current research evidence
about the effectiveness of strategies and programs to improve drug prescribing
and use.
    Barb Shea, Vice President of CADTH's Canadian Optimal Medication
Prescribing and Utilization Service (COMPUS) program, highlighted the
relevance of this new health care database for those seeking to implement
effective strategies to promote the optimal prescribing and use of drugs.
    "Rx for Change is a first-in-class resource that offers health care
providers and decision makers a centralized resource to find reliable,
up-to-date, evidence-based information on what works to change drug
prescribing and use behaviour. This is a phenomenal amount of information that
is now amassed and available through a user-friendly, online source. CADTH is
very proud of this achievement."
    Shea said that Rx for Change is the result of collaboration among COMPUS,
the Cochrane Effective Practice and Organization of Care (EPOC) led by
Dr. Jeremy Grimshaw and the Cochrane Consumers and Communication Review Groups
led by Dr. Sophie Hill.
    Dr. Jeremy Grimshaw shared his comments on the value of this resource:
    "Clinical research consistently produces new findings that may contribute
to effective and efficient patient care, but many approaches to changing
clinical practice are often based on beliefs rather than on scientific
evidence. Rx for Change provides decision makers with a reliable resource to
select behaviour change strategies that promote the optimal use of medicines."
    Rx for Change is accessible on the CADTH web site or directly at
www.rxforchange.ca. A CADTH browse page provides the user with access to
summaries of systematic reviews on interventions listed in the following
categories: professional, consumer, organizational, financial, regulatory and
structural. The evidence is summarized in each category and is linked back to
the individual studies contained within each review.

    CADTH will be hosting a web cast on December 10, 2007 to introduce this
new optimal therapy resource. Register through www.rxforchange.ca soon.

    The Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) is a
national body that provides Canada's federal, provincial, and territorial
health care decision makers with credible, impartial advice and evidence-based
information about the effectiveness and efficiency of drugs and other health
technologies.




For further information:

For further information: visit www.rxforchange.ca or contact: Janet
Crain, Senior Communications Advisor, Canadian Agency for Drugs and
Technologies in Health, (613) 226-2553, janetc@cadth.ca


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