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Background Information

The goal of EQIP is to promote best practices in prescribing by developing high quality physician education about clinical evidence on prescription drugs, their efficacy in addressing patient needs, costs and utilization management.

1: EQIP plans to develop and implement five initiatives between 2009 and 2012 aimed at optimizing prescribing of drugs that are currently not being prescribed in evidence-based ways by many BC physicians.

2: Funding and resources for the project comes from EQIP’s three project partners: the BC Ministry of Health Services, the BC Medical Association and the UBC Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, BC Chair in Patient Safety.

3: The program is guided by a Working Group with members from each of the partner organizations, pharmaceutical researchers, and a mix of delegates from other key stakeholders.

4: The background research, project methodology, development and implementation of the initiatives are carried out by an Implementation Team comprised of researchers and coordinators from UBC and the University of Victoria.

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.