Medication Safety Self-Assessment® for Community/Ambulatory
Instructions for Conducting the Self-Assessment
1. Ideally, you will assemble a team from among your pharmacy staff to
complete the self-assessment. These people will be given the responsibility
to evaluate, accurately and honestly, the current status of medication
practices in your pharmacy. Because medication use and dispensing are
complex processes that involve more than one person, the value and accuracy
of the self-assessment will be enhanced if it is completed by a number
of members of the pharmacy team.
When a decision is made about the level of implementation for each self-assessment item, mark one of the following choices next to each item:
For self-assessment items with multiple components,
full implementation (a score of "D" or "E") is appropriate
only if all components are present. If only one or some of the components
have been partially or fully implemented, the self-assessment scores should
not exceed "C".
Once all of the self-assessment items have been completed, and the level of implementation determined, enter your ratings through this ISMP Canada secure web site. The special, web-based tool will immediately download the information into a database maintained solely by ISMP Canada. No data will be maintained on the Internet form after it has been submitted. Confidentiality is assured.
To enter your data, a password is required. You can obtain a password by sending an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although it is possible to enter and save your results by section, all data should preferably be entered at one time, as this will reduce the opportunity for entry errors.
The database will produce weighted scores from your responses. You can
then view your results and print them in tabular or graphic form. This
allows for a snapshot view of your current status, as well as comparison
with aggregate data, when available. You can also compare your own results
to monitor your improvement over time. No other user of the MSSA is able
to access or view your results.
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