Sunday, June 30, 2013

One-day introduction to EORTC trials, Brussels, Belgium

This course is dedicated to newly participating members (investigators, data managers, research nurses, etc.), and industry representatives.

The purpose of this introductory course is to give general information on the strategies and principles for collaboration with EORTC. Additionally, participants will receive information about the functioning of the EORTC and about Trials methodology, investigator / site quality requirements and control, patient safety management, adequate data collection and pitfalls for reliable data.

Furthermore you will be shown our on-line registration /randomization process and remote data capture system.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

International Pharmacy SDO’s synchronize in the Hague

Three international pharmacy workgroups of the standards developing organizations ISO TC215 WG6, IHE pharmacy and HL7 pharmacy have aligned their work items on Monday, June 10, at Nictiz in the Hague.

Participants from eight countries were present at this joint meeting. This meeting was organized and sponsored by Nictiz.

The purpose of this meeting was not only to exchange information on the projects of each workgroup, but also to set out a path to strengthen their collaboration. In order to achieve this, it is important that the activities of the organizations are aligned regularly. In particular, because every organization has a specific task.

In a nutshell the tasks of the organizations are: HL7 creates standards, IHE describes how to use the standards and ISO enforces the standards. New and current topics of the ISO TC 215 workgroup 6 were discussed: requirements like medicinal product dictionaries, data elements and structures for identification of a magistral compound and requirements for electronic prescriptions.

The main topic of the day was unilateral agreement on the glossary and terms. HL7 Pharmacy published the definitions of medication profile of a patient on their Wiki. An agreed definition of the content of the profile is essential for understanding each other. Each country can then apply restrictions to the universal medication profile for their own requirements.

The IHE Pharmacy working group showed their Community Medication Prescription and Dispense profile. It describes the process of prescription, validation and dispense of medication in the community domain. The basis for IHE Pharmacy is the whitepaper Hospital Pharmacy and Community Pharmacy, Use Cases and Standards.

The organizations were content with the results of the meeting and have decided to continue this activity as a recurring event. A quote from a participant was: ‘To move forward, it is better to have more people talking at the same time on the same topics’.

For any further information, please contact Michael Tan (tan at nictiz dot nl).


Friday, June 07, 2013

EJHP Podcasts from the 18th Congress of the EAHP

The European Journal of Hospital Pharmacy (EJHP) recorded a number of podcast interviews with key speakers and seminar facilitators at the 18th Congress of the EAHP, held in Paris from 13th to 15th March 2013.

The theme of the Congress was "Improving patient outcomes: a shared responsibility".

You can listen freely to all nine podcasts by clicking the 'Find out more' button or select some of the highlights from the list below. If you missed the Congress, then it's definitely worth catching up with all the latest in hospital pharmacy.

Podcasts: Highlights from Speakers and seminar participants

Related to the Congress, editors and staff from EJHP spoke to the following speakers and seminar participants in order to gain further insights to the topics and themes presented:

Dr Fiona Reynolds in relation to her keynote speech on the establishment and use of Multi-Disciplinary Teams (MDT) in hospitals

Jorn Herrstedt, professor in clinical oncology, Odense University Hospital, Denmark and João Oliveira, medical director, Instituto Portugues de Oncologia, Lisbon about team challenges in cancer care

David Gerrett of the UK NHS Commissioning Board and Joanna Correa West, medicines management nurse, Birmingham Children's Hospital about inter-professional learning

Jean-Hughes Dalle, professor in pediatrics, Robert-Debré Hospital, Paris, Julie Rouprêt-Serzec, clinical pharmacist, Robert-Debré Hospital, and Anthony Sinclair, director of pharmacy, Birmingham Children's Hospital about patient safety and medicines across the interface

Want to see one of your photos on the front cover of EJHP?

Do you see yourself as the next Annie Liebovitz or David Bailey? We're looking for photographs that represent the role of the modern pharmacist, is it people, pills, robots or something completely different?

Images can be in any standard format, but need to have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and you would need to own the copyright or have permission for the image to be used.

Submit your photos for consideration to:

Invitation to contribute to EJHP

We'd love to hear from you if you would like to contribute to the journal.

EJHP is a great medium for your work and publication can help you in your career. We know that writing a paper can be a daunting task and we are here to help. If you are not sure if you have a suitable topic, the journal Editor in Chief , Phil Wiffen, is always happy to discuss potential publications and give support to first time authors.

Phil Wiffen, Pain Research Unit, Churchill Hospital, Old Road, Oxford OX3 7LE, UK;
phil.wiffen at dcn dot ox dot ac dot uk