Pharmacists Health Coaching – Cardiovascular Program

For pharmacists providing counselling and support to patients with hypertension and dyslipidemia through Green Shield Canada’s Pharmacist Health Coaching Cardiovascular Program. 

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Oftentimes, individuals with hypertension and dyslipidemia rely on a combination of pharmacotherapy and healthy lifestyle changes to manage their condition. 

As accessible healthcare professionals, pharmacists are in an ideal position to promote adherence to medication regimens and lifestyle changes, and support patients trying to achieve specific treatment goals. 

This online course is mandatory education for pharmacists interested in providing and billing for counselling and support to patients with hypertension and dyslipidemia under the Green Shield. Pharmacists Health Coaching Cardiovascular Program. 

Through a series of online modules, it provides an overview on current management of hypertension and dyslipidemia, as well as lifestyle modifications to optimize therapy. 

Motivational interviewing concepts are also introduced to help you identify how to empower patients to improve their overall cardiovascular health. 

Learning objectives:


  • Describe the burden of cardiovascular disease in Canada 
  • Describe the evidence supporting the Pharmacist Health Coaching – Cardiovascular Program 
  • Understand the training, preparation and equipment requirements to deliver the service 
  • Identify and recruit patients eligible to participate in the program 
  • Identify key interventions for the initial visit and follow-up assessments 
  • Identify the forms required for documentation and reimbursement of the program 


  • Explain the pathophysiology, components of dyslipidemia and its role in cardiovascular diseases 
  • Outline the guidelines for diagnosis and treatment 
  • Describe therapeutic options for dyslipidemia 
  • Summarize the pharmacist’s role 


  • Explain the assessment of hypertension 
  • Describe the pharmacologic and non-pharmacological treatment options 
  • Outline the role of the pharmacist in hypertension 

Healthy Heart Lifestyle 

  • Describe the magnitude of benefit of lifestyle changes in cardiac patients 
  • Discuss how to practically assist patients in making these changes 
  • Outline the role of the pharmacist in individualizing lifestyle behavior changes for patients with cardiac conditions 

Motivational Interviewing to Facilitate Behaviour Change

  • Define Motivational Interviewing (MI) 
  • Explain why and how people resist change, and how MI helps people engage in the change process 
  • Apply OARS communication skills to pharmacy practice 
  • Discuss application of MI principles to assist patients with hypertension and/or dyslipidemia in adopting healthy lifestyle behaviours 
  • Discuss the pharmacist’s role in partnering with patients using MI skills to optimize medication adherence 

Course outline:

  • Module 1: Introduction (note: this module is not CCCEP accredited) (0.5 hour)
  • Module 2: Dyslipidemia (1 hour)
  • Module 3: Hypertension (0.75 hour)
  • Module 4: Healthy Heart Lifestyle (0.5 hour)
  • Module 5: Motivational Interviewing to Facilitate Behaviour Change (0.25 hour)
  • Final Multiple-choice Exam (0.5 hour)
  • Program Evaluation

Course at a glance:

Who should take this course:

The program is developed for pharmacists who would like to offer GSC Cardiovascular Program and bill the cognitive services. The program is also good for pharmacists who are interested in providing counselling and support to patients with hypertension and dyslipidemia.

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