Dr. Houle's research interests are on the role of the pharmacist as a patient care provider, especially related to expanded scope activities such as prescribing and administering injections, and the resulting clinical and economic outcomes of these activities.
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- Clinical and economic outcomes of pharmacist’s expanding scope of practice
- The role of pharmacists in home care and travel health
- Remuneration of pharmacists for professional services
- Systematic reviews of pharmacist interventions
Dr. Houle's research focuses on ensuring the implementation and uptake of expanded scope activities into pharmacy practice, and evaluating the resulting outcomes on patients and the health system. She has an interest in facilitating pharmacy practice change in community pharmacies, the utilization of all pharmacy team members (including regulated pharmacy technicians) to support patient care activities, and pharmacists' clinical activities in the areas of travel medicine, home care, and palliative care. She also has an interest in remuneration for pharmacists' professional services and the economic analysis of pharmacist interventions.
Current areas of research include:
- Patient satisfaction and health outcomes achieved through a pharmacist-managed travel medicine clinic under an expanded scope of practice including prescribing and administering injections
- The current status of pharmacists as home care providers in Canada
- The detection and management of drug therapy problems in non-home-bound individuals receiving home visits from pharmacists
- The economic outcomes of community pharmacist-administered influenza vaccines
Dr. Houle is accepting graduate students under exceptional circumstances only.
Dr. Houle teaches undergraduate courses. Course offerings have included:
- PHARM 155: Introduction to Drug Information Fundamentals
- PHARM 329: Professional Practice 5
- Houle SKD, Charrois TL, Faruquee CF, Tsuyuki R, Rosenthal MM. A randomized controlled study of practice facilitation to improve the provision of medication management services in Alberta community pharmacies. Res Soc Admin Pharm doi: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2016.02.013.
- Ziegler B, Alsabbagh W, Houle S, Wenger L, Church D, Waite N. Protecting our patients by protecting ourselves: An analysis of the personal influenza immunization rate of Ontario community pharmacists. Can Pharm J 10.1177/1715163516651630.
- Tsuyuki RT, Houle SKD, Charrois TL, Kolber MR, Rosenthal MM, Lewanczuk R, Cooney D, McAlister FA. A randomized trial of the effect of pharmacist prescribing on improving blood pressure in the community: The Alberta clinical trial in optimizing hypertension (RxACTION). Circulation 2015;132:93-100.
- Rosenthal MA, Houle SKD, Eberhart G, Tsuyuki RT. Prescribing by pharmacists in Alberta and its relation to culture and personality traits. Res Soc Admin Pharm 2015;11(3):401-11.
- Bascom CS, Rosenthal MA, Houle SKD. Are pharmacists ready for a greater role in travel health? An evaluation of the knowledge and confidence in providing travel health advice of pharmacists practicing in a community pharmacy chain in Alberta, Canada. J Trav Med 2015;22(2):99-104.
- Houle SKD, Rosenthal MM, Tsuyuki RT. A case study in mobilizing all pharmacy team members in the community setting: A clinical facilitation role for pharmacy technicians. Can Pharm J 2014;147(2):85-88.
- Lyster RL, Houle SKD. Abnormal vaginal bleeding following pharmacist prescribing of metformin leads to the detection of complex endometrial hyperplasia. Ann Pharmacother 2013;47(11):1581-3.
- Houle SKD, Grindrod KA, Chatterley T, Tsuyuki RT. Publicly Funded Remuneration for the Administration of Injections by Pharmacists: An International Review. Can Pharm J 2013;146(6):353-64.
- Houle SKD, McAlister FA, Jackevicius CA, Chuck AW, Tsuyuki RT. Does Performance-Based Remuneration for Individual Health Care Practitioners Impact Patient Care? A Systematic Review. Ann Intern Med 2012;157:889-99.
- Houle SKD, Chuck AW, McAlister FA, Tsuyuki RT. Effect of a pharmacist-managed hypertension program on health system costs: an evaluation of the Study of Cardiovascular Risk Intervention by Pharmacists-Hypertension (SCRIP-HTN). Pharmacotherapy 2012;32(6):527-37.
Awards and Distinctions
- 2015 Wellspring Pharmacy Leadership Award, Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy
- 2015 Best Paper Award (2014), Canadian Pharmacists Journal
- 2014 Travel Award, Institute of Health Services and Policy Research – Canadian Institutes of Health Research
- 2014 Student Travel Bursary, Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR)
- 2013 Canadian Hypertension Congress Student Travel Award, Hypertension Canada
- 2013 Magnum Opus Award, Canadian Healthcare Network
- 2012 Canadian Hypertension Congress Student Travel Award. Hypertension Canada
- 2012 Outstanding Poster Presentation Award, Young Investigators Forum, Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health – Canadian Institutes of Health Research
- 2012 Travel Award, Young Investigators Forum, Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health – Canadian Institutes of Health Research
- 2012 Doctoral Research Award (Hypertension Priority Area), Canadian Institutes of Health Research
- 2011 Best Research Poster by a Doctoral Student, Canadian Hypertension Congress, Hypertension Canada
- 2011 Canadian Hypertension Congress Student Travel Award, Hypertension Canada
- 2011 Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship – Master’s Level, University of Alberta
- 2011 Graduate Student Scholarship, Alberta Advanced Education and Technology - Government of Alberta
- 2011 Student Travel Award, Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health
- 2010 Walter H. Johns Graduate Fellowship, University of Alberta Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research
- 2010 Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s Level, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
- 2009 Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship – Master’s Level, University of Alberta
University of Waterloo Affiliations
- Cross-appointed to the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo
- Member of the Network for Aging Research
Professional Associations and Service
Chair-Elect of the Canadian Pharmacy Practice Research Group Executive Committee
Editorial Board Member, Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy (RSAP) journal
Member, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Pharmacy Travel Vaccines Working Group
Executive committee member, and co-principal investigator of the Pharmacists as Immunizers project. Ontario Pharmacy Evidence Network (OPEN)
The following news stories have featured Dr. Houle's research:
December 2, 2016: Ontario expanding the number of vaccines available at pharmacies
July 25, 2014: Access to birth control isn't just about doctors (op-ed co-authored by Dr. Houle)
2006 Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (University of Saskatchewan)
2014 Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (University of Alberta)
2014 PhD Experimental Medicine (University of Alberta)