Pharmacy-Based Cardiovascular Disease Risk Management

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APhA Offerings of Cardio Train-the-Trainer Programs - Potential trainers have to have completed the APhA Pharmacy-Based Cardiovascular Disease Risk Management certificate training program and be affiliated with one of our licensed partners who host the APhA Cardio certificate training program. Please contact your organization's coordinator to be considered and for registration instructions, if applicable.  If you do not know if your organization is a licensed partner of APhA or you do not know who to contact at your organization, please contact education@aphanet.org.

Pharmacy-Based Cardiovascular Disease Risk Management is an innovative and interactive certificate training program that explores the pharmacist’s role in cardiovascular disease risk management. This practice-based activity is the first step for pharmacists interested in learning the essential skills to successfully assess risk, promote cardiovascular disease prevention, and encourage patient adherence to therapy. Read this letter from Janet Wright, MD, FACC, Executive Director of the Million Hearts Initiative acknowledging pharmacists continued engagement in cardiovascular health. View Letter

The goals of the certificate training program are to:

  • Educate pharmacists on current evidence-based treatment goals and clinical management recommendations for dyslipidemia and hypertension.
  • Familiarize pharmacists with important concepts related to healthful lifestyle changes that focus on cardiovascular disease prevention.
  • Introduce techniques and skills for encouraging patient adherence to prescribed therapies.
  • Ensure pharmacist proficiency in blood pressure measurement technique and point-of-care lipid testing.
  • Enhance pharmacist experience in applying elements of motivational interviewing with respect to medication adherence and lifestyle modifications.

This ACPE activity does not provide a certification in this topic but rather advanced professional training.

Certificate Training Program Components

The activity is conducted in two parts: a web-based self-study and a live training seminar.

The self-study modules will focus on these core areas:  

  • Module 1. Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment — Assessment of factors that put patients at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease.
  • Module 2. Managing Dyslipidenia — Review of pathophysiology, explanation of the recommended approach to treatment, and extensive discussion of pharmacologic options for the management of dyslipidemia.
  • Module 3. Managing Hypertension — Review of pathophysiology, explanation of the recommended approach to treatment, and extensive discussion of pharmacologic options for the management of hypertension.
  • Module 4. Lifestyle Modifications and Risk Factor Management —Discussion of recommended dietary interventions, physical activity, weight reduction, and smoking cessation.
  • Module 5. The Pharmacist’s Role in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Management — Explanation of ongoing patient monitoring techniques and communication with prescribers to optimize patient self-management (including adherence and behavior change counseling).

The live seminar will focus on these core areas:

  • A case-based approach to cardiovascular disease risk assessment and treatment decisions, managing special situations, treating hypertension in a patient with diabetes, and lifestyle modifications and motivational interviewing.
  • Skills assessments on blood pressure measurement technique and motivational interviewing. Participants will be conducting blood pressure assessments on other participants.
  • A discussion regarding the role of the pharmacist and existing business models for cardiovascular disease risk management services.

Activity Completion Requirements

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded to participants who successfully complete all activity requirements, which include a pre-test, the self-study activity, the self-study assessment, the live training seminar, and the final assessment.   Successful completion is defined as completing the pre-test, a self-study assessment score of 70% or higher, attendance at the live seminar, a final assessment score of 70%, and completing the activity evaluation.

A Certificate of Achievement will be available online upon successful completion of the activity requirements. Continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit will be transferred to CPE Monitor and available on your transcript at www.nabp.net.
 

Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) Information

The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of CPE. The self-study learning component of the APhA Pharmacy-Based Cardiovascular Disease Risk Management certificate training program is approved for 12 hours (1.2 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit (UAN 0202-0000-15-001-H04-P; 0202-9999-15-001-H04-P). The live training seminar is approved for 8 hours (0.8 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit (UAN 0202-0000-15-002-L04-P; 0202-9999-15-002-L04-P).

Release Date: February 20, 2015

Expiration Date: February 20, 2018 - ABSOLUTELY NO CREDIT GRANTED AFTER THIS DATE.

Activity Type: Practice-based

Target Audience: Pharmacists in all practice settings

Completion Information: A Certificate of Achievement is awarded to participants who successfully complete all activity requirements, which include the self-study component and the live training seminar. Successful completion is defined as a score of 70% or better on both the self-study and live seminar assessments.

Credit for the self-study and live seminar components will be awarded upon successful completion and the Claiming of credit of each component. Statements can be found on www.nabp.net on personal CPE Monitor account.

Credit for Live Seminar MUST be Claimed (not just completed) within 60 days of the date of the live training.  Credit for Self-Study MUST be Claimed before February 20, 2018.

Upon successful completion of all the activity requirements, a Certificate of Achievement will be available via the My Training page after logging into www.pharmacist.com.

This program is supported by an educational grant from Merck.

System Requirements

Computer and Internet access is required to complete this activity.  Please visit our website to view the Technology System Requirements to have a positive learning experience.

Pharmacy-Based Cardiovascular Disease Risk Management is developed by the American Pharmacists Association.

Copyright © 2015 by the American Pharmacists Association

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