Simulated patients is a method frequently used to assess various dimensions of pharmacy practice, including to gain in‐depth knowledge of customer perceptions of service delivery, to measure performance against standards of service, to motivate, develop and encourage staff as a part of a training. Read more about this topic on this systematic review Int J Pharm Pract. 2019
The transition to the clinically orientated PharmD degree is seen as a natural evolution of the profession. However, some countries have both clinically-oriented and pharmaceutical sciences-oriented PharmD programme. Take a look on this recent review focuses on studies and opinions around issues of transition from the BPharm to the PharmD degree in the U.S., Japan, South Korea, Pakistan and Thailand.
The role of pharmacists has been changing globally over the past 30 years, moving away from a technical dispensing role to a more holistic cognitive role. Is important to consider the current evidence on the effectiveness of pharmacists’ contribution to patient care and towards recommendations for future research. See these two editorials: Can Pharm J (Ott). 2019;152(2) and Int J Pharm Pract. 2019;27(3).
A heated debate surrounds the significance of reproducibility as an
indicator for research quality and reliability. Different approaches are being taken to address this problem, including greater transparency in the pre-publication of study protocols, analysis plan and analysis code and data sharing. However, further incentives are needed. See the comments of the Australian chief scientist Alan Finkel in Nature 566, 297 (2019)
Network meta-analysis is an extension of pairwise meta-analysis. This statistical approach can provide findings of fundamental importance for the development of guidelines and for evidence-based decisions in healthcare. See more in Pharmacy Practice 2017
An evidence-based approach is important for progress in science, policy, and medical and conservation practice.
Take a look in this recent review article published in Nature
Pharmacists are integral members of the healthcare team. In a recent systematic review, authors summarized the literature on pharmacy students, pharmacy faculty and practising pharmacists toward interprofessional education and collaborative practice. The conclusion is that sustained efforts are still required to improve undergraduate curricula and promote interprofessional culture at individual and organisational levels.
Stay tuned to read more at: Res Social Adm Pharm (2018)
Journal metrics measure the performance or impact of scholarly journals. However, there is a growing number of debates on the real value of these metrics. Learn more: Pharmacy Practice 2018
Have a look at this editorial in the recent issue of BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine. A thought provoking article about evidence synthesis. BMJ 2018
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