This project enabled us to develop procedures for organizing and running successful pharmacy blood pressure sessions. The knowledge gained from this pilot was used in the multicentred Community Health Awareness Program (CHAP).
Running blood pressure sessions in community pharmacies and using a multidisciplinary approach, including volunteer health educators and support from public health, was a feasible way to raise awareness of cardiovascular health among the older adults who participated in our project.
This pilot project included pharmacist involvement at several stages, from the planning of the blood pressure sessions and development of the documentation forms, to participation in the pilot and feedback after project completion. With its multidisciplinary approach, the pilot showed that it is feasible for a community pharmacist to be involved in research projects that can benefit patient care and enhance their professional roles.