Lisa Guirguis, BSc Pharm, MSc, PhD

Associate Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences


Associate Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences



Lisa Guirguis is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies for the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta. She conducts pharmacy practice research that influences health policy and supports pharmacists’ roles in patient-centred care. Her teaching focuses on practical techniques pharmacists can use to engage patients in dialogue about their medications.  


I am interested in conducting pharmacy practice research that influences health policy and expands community pharmacists’ roles in patient‐centred care. My research program is designed to evaluate the impact of community pharmacists’ adoption of practice tools, innovations, and communication skills on patient care practices and patient outcomes. Findings will help decisions‐makers, pharmacists, other health care professionals, and patients recognize community pharmacists’ roles in ensuring safe and effective medication use and reducing medication‐related morbidity and mortality.

  1. Pharmacists Adoption of Practice Innovations. Community pharmacists in Alberta are facing an unprecedented scope of practice where they are able to access electronic health records, prescribe medications, provide injections, and order laboratory values. I am applying social theory to understand pharmacists’ response to these innovations and to inform the development of pharmacy specific theory through qualitative methods. This research will support pharmacists’ transition from product to patient focused care.
  2. Patient‐Pharmacist Communication. As pharmacists’ care is evolving, patient‐pharmacist communications are shifting from pharmacists’ provision of generic biomedical information to an interactive dialogue to create patient‐specific care plans. Audio recording of patient pharmacist interactions and pharmacist “think alouds” have been employed to characterize communication practices and explore the effectiveness of communication skills.


My global teaching goals are to foster a sense of curiosity in patients’ experiences with medications and build knowledge and communication skills that enable students to deliver patient centred care. I teach with a combination of lectures and problem‐based learning. While some didactic lectures are important to convey information to students, problems‐based learning allows students to develop skills. 


PHARM 412 - Behavioural, Administrative, Social and Evidence-based Pharmacy 5

Students will differentiate levels of care in the health care system and plan to advocate for patient needs. Students will apply laws and jurisprudence to complex practice issues. Skill development in preceptorship, self-directed learning, managing sensitive topics and evaluation of clinical practice guidelines, pharmacoeconomic studies, qualitative research, and diagnostic tests. (Restricted to Pharmacy students.)

Fall Term 2020


Any Questions? Yes, do pharmacists monitor medications at refill?
Author(s): Witry MJ, Guirguis LM
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: ournal of the American Pharmacists Association

A Survey of Pharmacist Prescribing Practices in Alberta
Author(s): Guirguis LM*, Hughes C, Makowsky M, Sadowski C, Schindel Y, and Yuksel
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy

How pharmacists check the appropriateness of drug therapy? Observations in community pharmacy
Author(s): Nusair MB, Guirguis LM
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy

Patient commitment in pharmacy practice research
Author(s): Adesanoye D , Guirguis LM
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Canadian Pharmacists Journal / Journal of Pharmacists of Canada

Standardized Patients' Preferences for Pharmacist Interactive Communication Style: A Mixed Method Approach
Author(s): Guirguis LM, Nusair MB
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association.
Volume: 56
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 123–8
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A scoping review of research on the prescribing practice of Canadian pharmacists.
Author(s): Faruquee CF, Guirguis LM.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Canadian Pharmacists Journal
Volume: 148
Page Numbers: 325-48
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How Have Pharmacists in Different Practice Settings Integrated Prescribing Privileges into Practice in Alberta? A Qualitative Exploration
Author(s): Guirguis LM, Makowsky M, Hughes C, Sadowski C, Schindel TJ,and Yuksel N
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
Volume: 39
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 390-8
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Diffusion of Pharmacist Prescribing: An Innovation in Pharmacist Practice
Author(s): Makowsky M, Guirguis LM, Hughes C, Sadowski C, and Yuksel N.
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Implementation Science
Volume: 8
Page Numbers: 109
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Expressing and Negotiating Face in Community Pharmacist-Patient Interactions
Author(s): Murad M, Guirguis LM
Publication: Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy
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