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Lab Tests

Order, Monitor and Interpret Lab Tests to Optimize Medication Management (12.75 CEUs)

Do you know how to order, monitor and/or interpret lab test results to make better decisions for patient care? Pharmacists in some provinces are gaining the regulatory authority to order laboratory tests, one of the key components of comprehensive medication management and chronic disease management. However, there are gaps in pharmacists’ knowledge, skills and confidence to effectively carry out this service. In addition to providing background on overall principles, Lab Tests highlights the main lab results that illustrate the need for, or are affected by drug therapy. Supplemented by case studies, the course is designed as a practical program to quickly bring pharmacists up-to-speed in ordering and monitoring lab results.


Learn how to:

  • Define basic terms describing aspects of laboratory testing such as specificity, sensitivity, precision, etc. 
  • Become familiar with common lab tests looking at electrolytes, kidney function, liver function, endocrine and lipids, and hematology.
  • Identify situations in which a lab test would be a reasonable step to monitor a patient without causing undue burden on the patient or the health care system.
  • Determine if lab values are within a reference range.
  • Identify drugs that could be contributing to abnormal lab results.
  • Identify the expected outcome of initiating medications on lab results.
  • Use lab results to guide therapeutic choices.
  • Be aware of how the assessment of lab values can enhance the provision of expanded scope services such as medication reviews, pharmaceutical opinions and prescription adaptation.

Each module consists of narrated lecture content, on-the-go activities to review and practice what you’ve learned and end-of-module self-assessment quizzes based on a patient cases or scenarios. Review the Course Prospectus and FAQ section for more content details.


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