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What we do

Education for Quality Improvement in Patient Care (EQIP) develops educational materials and decision tools for physicians to promote better prescribing practices that meet the health needs of patients and support the long term sustainability of the health system more broadly. All of EQIP’s initiatives are grounded in the most up-to-date evidence from the field. They are guided by an interdisciplinary Working Group comprised of physicians, pharmacists, policy makers and researchers.

EQIP develops and implements pilot projects and initiatives in a variety of areas. These initiatives include a combination of:

  • Personalized prescribing portraits: confidential feedback to physicians on their individual prescribing using anonymous data
  • Evidence-based educational information
  • Up-to-date cost information on prescription drugs

EQIP’s initiatives employ evidence-based education tools to communicate key messages related to prescribing practices. These tools may include:

  • Prescribing portraits, which feed back to physicians confidential information about their own prescribing practices in relation to those of their peers and relative to what would be deemed evidence-based practices. Each physician is the only person who sees their own portrait. Confidentiality is ensured by the use of anonymous data and anonymous portraits sealed in coded envelopes.
  • Cost speedometers, which provide a visual tool for mapping the costs of different generic and brand name prescription options.
  • Evidence-based information on prescribing, that integrates individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research to inform physician decisions on prescribing.