Empowering Pharmacists in Asthma management through Interactive SMS.

Primary Investigator

Mary De Vera, PhD,

Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UBC


Mohsen SadatsafaviMD, PhDUBC Faculty of Medicine
Larry LyndBSP, PhD UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Carlo MarraPharmD, PhDMemorial University of Newfoundland School of Pharmacy
Mark FitzGeraldMD, FRCPC UBC Faculty of Medicine
Richard LesterMD, FRCPC UBC Faculty of Medicine
Penelope BrasherPhD Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
Parkash RagsdaleBSc (Pharm) UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Team

Louise Gastonguay

Salma Lalji

Natasha Campbell

Nicole Tsao
BSc (Pharm), MSc (Pharm), RPh, PhD Candidate

Yolanda Lin
Pharmacy Student

Nelson Gorrin
BSc(Pharm), MPH, PhD Candidate

Hans Haag
Pharmacy Student

Michelle Pak
Pharmacy Student

Robin Lee
Pharmacy Student

What is EmPhAsIS?

EmPhAsIS is the abbreviation for Empowering Pharmacists in Asthma management through Interactive SMS.

The EmPhAsIS trial focuses on a simple intervention of education and enhanced involvement of community pharmacists in asthma management through centralized short message service (SMS) to asthma patients. Over the 1-year trial, we will study whether this intervention:


Why is it important?

Over 3 million Canadians of all ages suffer from asthma. Symptoms include shortness of breath, tightness of the chest, coughing, and wheezing. When these symptoms are not controlled, they often lead to frequent doctor visits, hospitalizations, absence from school or work, and reduced quality of life.

Currently, there is no cure for asthma. However, there are treatments that can help patients lead symptom free lives. Because following these treatments or being adherent is important, we are conducting research with community pharmacists to help support and educate patients on taking their asthma medications.





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