Ontario Pharmacy Evidence Network

OPEN – A leader in medication management research in Ontario

Since 2013, OPEN – the Ontario Pharmacy Evidence Network has established itself as a leader of medication management research in the province. Our collaborative and multi-institutional network of researchers and knowledge users continues to be a formidable mechanism for widespread system change to improve the benefits and reduce the harms from medications in Ontario.

OPEN’s research provides insight about how the knowledge and skills of pharmacy professionals can be best used and integrated within the broader healthcare system, and how healthcare teams can better work together to improve medication management in all healthcare arenas, including primary care and public health. We work to optimize the use of medications by doing and supporting research into current and emerging medication services, processes and policies from the perspectives of pharmacists, patients, physicians, government and others to ensure system sustainability, and future medication management policy and service development.

OPEN’s goal is to connect knowledge users and researchers and provide robust high-quality evidence that can be used by government, patients and healthcare providers to improve healthcare practice, and ensure the cost-effectiveness of services, and most importantly, the benefits of healthcare for patients and their families/caregivers.

For additional information on OPEN, click here .


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News – Latest from OPEN

OPEN launches its redesigned website

The Ontario Pharmacy Evidence Network (OPEN) has launched its redesigned website

With guidance from OPEN’s Executive Committee, an initiative was undertaken to better understand analytics on the previous OPEN website, aiming to assess the effectiveness of the content presented - mainly from the users’ perspective, as well as ascertaining which sections of the website have been vital in actualizing OPEN’s core objective of Knowledge Translation.

In addition to the general public, interests of specific OPEN Community users were considered in revamping the website, including researchers, educators, policy makers, healthcare professionals, knowledge users and trainees.

The overarching objective of this endeavor was to transform OPEN’s website making it more relevant, more informative, and user-friendly. 

OPEN’s Executive Committee looks forward to receiving feedback from the website visitors on the redesigned website and hopes that this feedback can help OPEN to continuously refresh its approach to presenting research on digital platforms.

For more information on this release and other OPEN related information, please contact:

Program Manager, OPEN 


Phone: (519) 748-8622

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OPEN: Ontario Pharmacy Evidence Network

School of Pharmacy
University of Waterloo - Health Sciences Campus
10A Victoria St. S, Kitchener, ON N2G 1C5

Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
University of Toronto – St-George Campus
144 College St, Toronto, ON M5S 3M2

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