Medication safety – from evidence to practice

Wednesday 30 September 2015
12:30-14:00
B7*     Session accredited under ACPE, UAN: 0579-0000-15-009-L04-P (1.5 contact hours)

Organised by the FIP Community Pharmacy Section

Introduction

Gaps in medication safety have been recognised as a major threat to successful drug treatment. Many strategies have been developed and evaluated to ensure medication safety; however, even evidence-based best practice strategies still risk performing poor in routine care. Indeed, there is a huge gap between science and practice. The transferability from one setting to another remains still challenging. This is particularly true for strategies that focus on cooperation of different healthcare professionals and potential shifts in responsibility. To choose the most suitable and promising strategy for a distinct setting, we therefore need to understand the determinants of success or failure of specific quality improvement strategies.

Learning objectives

Knowledge-based session

At the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe common strategies to improve medication safety
  2. Outline pitfalls of strategies to improve medication safety in routine care across different health sectors
  3. Identify factors for success of strategies to improve medication safety
  4. Describe promising strategies to foster successful collaborations of healthcare professionals

Chairs: Hanna Seidling (University of Heidelberg, Germany) and Karin Graf (ABDA, Germany)

Programme

12:30 1) Medication errors - how do they arise?
Bryony Dean Franklin (Centre for Medication Safety and Service Quality, UK)

13:00 2) Best-practice strategies to improve medication safety
I.H. van der Sijs (Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

13:30 3) The efficacy / effectiveness gap of best-practice strategies to improve medication safety
Hanna Seidling (University of Heidelberg, Germany)