Everyone in Canada is affected by cardiovascular disease, including us here at UBC. Cardiovascular disease affects the heart and blood vessels, and results in heart attacks, strokes (in the brain) and angina (chest pain). More than 1.4 million Canadians have cardiovascular disease, and every 7 minutes in Canada someone dies from a heart attack or stroke. (Statistics Canada, 2011).
The good news is that most people can reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke through awareness, knowledge and healthy choices.
Take Action with your Heart Health
Starting in August 2015, UBC Human Resources, in collaboration with the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, invite UBC faculty and staff to participate in a unique project called CAMMPUS (Cardiovascular Assessment and Medication Management by Pharmacists at the UBC Site).
CAMMPUS features confidential, expertly guided services provided by the UBC Pharmacists Clinic (located at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vancouver campus) to help you find out your current level of heart health (and cardiovascular disease risk) and take steps to keep this risk as low as possible.
You may also choose to participate in an evaluation of the effectiveness of the services provided. The evaluation part of this project is called CAMMPUS-EVAL (Evaluation of Cardiovascular Assessment and Medication Management by Pharmacists at the UBC Site).
Participating in CAMMPUS is your chance to make long-lasting changes to your health. Participation in CAMMPUS-EVAL is your chance to contribute to learning about how best to utilize the abilities of pharmacists in the health care system.
The cost of services you receive in CAMMPUS and CAMMPUS-EVAL are 100% covered by the UBC health benefit plan and available at no cost to you.
Participation in CAMMPUS and CAMMPUS-EVAL
All participants in CAMMPUS, with the support of a pharmacist, will:
- Complete a cardiovascular risk assessment.
- Learn about cardiovascular health and develop a plan to maintain a healthy heart.
Participants found to have an intermediate or high cardiovascular risk score will be invited to receive medication management services from a pharmacist. You will:
- Set health goals and track your progress.
- See your progress measured over time, from a baseline to a final assessment.
- Attend up to six follow-up sessions with the pharmacist.
- Develop skills and knowledge to help you maintain health throughout your life.
- Work with the pharmacist to keep your physician informed.
CAMMPUS participants with intermediate or high risk scores will be invited to participate in CAMMPUS-EVAL, an evaluation of the service they receive, which involves providing additional information about their well-being, health, and medications during clinic visits. Participation in both CAMMPUS and CAMMPUS-EVAL is voluntary.
Who is Eligible to Participate?
You are able to participate in CAMMPUS if you are motivated to learn about your heart health and cardiovascular risk, want to be supported by a licensed pharmacist and are interested in receiving a cardiovascular risk assessment. Additional eligibility criteria are as follows:
Eligibility for initial cardiovascular risk assessment and education:
- All faculty and staff who are primary plan members of UBC Extended Health Plan (Group No. 25205) at UBC Vancouver campus and surrounding sites.
Eligibility for medication management services
- All faculty and staff with an intermediate to high Framingham Risk Score (the cardiovascular assessment tool) based on the risk assessment above; or
- At least one medication modifiable cardiovascular risk factor (diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, previous heart attack, previous stroke or tobacco smoking).
Participants must also be able to travel to the Pharmacists Clinic (Agronomy Road and Wesbrook Mall) for the cardiovascular risk assessment and follow-up sessions over a period of 12 months. If you have a term appointment set to end or a planned leave of absence in the next 12 months, you are not eligible for this program.
Faculty and staff under the age of 18 and those who previously received a cardiovascular risk assessment at the Travelling Health Fair in 2014 are also not eligible to participate, as they have already been connected with resources in the community. Due to the nature of this project, only the UBC employee is eligible to participate and not family members and other dependents.
If you are a UBC employee at the Okanagan campus, you can access the general services of the UBC Pharmacists Clinic by a telephone appointment. The Clinic can also provide services via secure videoconference, if you have a Movi account and a secure location to connect from.
Did you know?
UBC Pharmacists Clinic saw 323 UBC faculty and staff during the period Feb. – June 2015:
- 323 faculty and staff received a cardiovascular risk assessment
- 22% of participants had intermediate to high Framingham risk scores (1 in 5 people)
54% of all participants over age 55 had intermediate to high Framingham risk scores (1 in 2 people)
I’m interested in participating. How do I sign up?
The first step is to read the Participation Consent Form and book an appointment at the Pharmacists Clinic for an initial cardiovascular risk assessment.
Initial assessments will be offered from August 3 to January 29, 2016 (or until 200 people enrol in CAMMPUS-EVAL, whichever comes first).
To learn more about CAMMPUS, please join us for a short presentation and discussion:
Wednesday, September 30th
- Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
- Building: Woodward Instruct’l Resrce Ctr
- Address: Room 3 – 2194 Health Sciences Mall
- Facilitator(s): Barbara Gobis, BSc(Pharm), ACPR, MScPhm, RPh is a member of the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Director of the UBC Pharmacists Clinic.
- Click here to register
Go to www.hr.ubc.ca/health/cardiovascular-health-assessment-program-cammpus to learn more.
UBC Pharmacists Clinic
For more information, please visit: http://pharmsci.ubc.ca/pharmacists-clinic.
The role of pharmacy continues to evolve and the Faculty at UBC is a leader in pharmacy practice change. Pharmacists receive the most training on medications of any health care professional and are taking on a greater role in the health care system. Pharmacists use their knowledge and skills every day to improve the health of people in every community across the province. The Pharmacists Clinic is a model of how pharmacists can and will practice in the imminent future.
Privacy and Confidentiality of Participation
Your privacy is important to you and us. It is assured before, during, and after the project.
- The Pharmacists Clinic and all of its pharmacists are licensed by the College of Pharmacists of BC, and bound by legal, professional and ethical requirements to protect your privacy at all times.
- This project has been approved by UBC’s Clinical Research Board, which means that it complies with relevant UBC research policies and meets all requirements for ethics, privacy, confidentiality and security.
- All personal information collected through the project is held at the Pharmacists Clinic and details are not shared with UBC, Human Resources or Sun Life.
- Only de-identified data about project participants will be shared with the researchers who are evaluating this project, so they will not be able to identify individual people.
- Results of the evaluation will only be shared in summary form, and not identify any individual participant.