Data Visualization: Best Practices to Facilitate Discovery and Improve Communication of Evidence

Planned in cooperation with the ASHP New Practitioners Forum 

ACPE Activity Number: 0204-0000-21-043-H04-P
Activity Date: May 25, 2021
Expiration Date: May 25, 2024
Activity Type: Knowledge-based  
CE Credits: 1.0 hour, no partial credit
Activity Fee: Members – Free / Non-Member – Not Available

Accreditation for Pharmacists 

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

 This activity is a recording from a live webinar and those that claim credit for the live webinar should not claim credit for this activity.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for pharmacists who are new practitioners and are interested in advancing their knowledge on how to interpret and utilize data visualization methods.

Activity Overview

As pharmacists, we make routine use of data visualizations to better understand topics and most of us create visualizations to convey information to others. Yet, far fewer of us have been exposed to formal schools of thought and scientific evidence regarding effective data visualization. This results in missed opportunities to understand our world more deeply, and to share these discoveries with others. This webinar will introduce evidence-based visualization techniques and demonstrate how they can be used to discover and reveal deep and often unexpected truths. Discussion will include how to accurately and effectively interpret evidence and how this skill can impact your clinical practice. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify empiric evidence regarding our ability to accurately interpret alternate graphical depictions of information.
  2. Describe the impact of selected best practices in data visualization.
  3. Summarize the dual purposes of data visualization: discovery and presentation.
  4. Discuss an approach to graphical design that adds detail to increase clarity.

Schedule of Educational Activities

  • Introduction and Announcements
  • Presentation
  • Questions, Answers, and Discussion

Faculty Information

  • Kenneth Shermock, Pharm.D., Ph.D., FASHP, Director, Center for Medication Quality and Outcomes, The Johns Hopkins Health System, Associate Director, Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
  • Moderator: Brittany Lee Karas, Pharm.D., Drug Information Pharmacist, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL

Faculty Disclosures

In accordance with the ACPE's and ACCME's Standards for Commercial Support, anyone in a position to control the content of an educational activity is required to disclose to the accredited provider their relevant financial relationships. In accordance with these Standards, all potential conflicts of interest have been resolved. An individual has a relevant financial relationship if he or she (or spouse/domestic partner) has a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest whose products or services are discussed in the activity content over which the individual has control.

As defined by ACCME, a commercial interest is any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. The Standards for Commercial Support do not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests. The existence or non-existence of relevant financial relationships will be disclosed to the activity audience. All identified conflicts of interest must be resolved prior to the activity.

  • All planners, presenters, reviewers, and ASHP staff report no financial relationships relevant to this activity. 

Methods and CE Requirements

This activity consists of a recordings of faculty slides presentations, active learning activities, discussion, and handouts. Participants must participate in the activity in its entirety to claim continuing pharmacy education credit online at ASHP eLearning Portal. Follow the prompts online to complete the evaluation, claim credit and view the statement of credit immediately after completing the activity.

Per ACPE requirements, CPE credit must be claimed within 60 days of being earned. Claim your CE at Once you have processed and claimed your CE credit, we encourage you to check your NABP eProfile account to verify your credits were transferred successfully before the ACPE 60-day deadline. It is an electronic direct-report process so your credits should appear in your account within a few minutes. After the 60 day deadline, ASHP will no longer be able to report your credit(s) for this activity.

System Technical Requirements

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