Take a look at this fresh online publication that provides a basic framework for understanding major concepts and methods on evidence-based practice and Health Technology Assessment: http://www.cipf-es.org/book-hta/
A recent article implemented and evaluated different models including artificial neural networks (ANN), decision trees (DT), partial least squares discriminant analysis (PLS-DA), and K nearest neighbour algorithm (KNN) to predict COVID-19′ positivity and severity based on patients’ laboratory tests results. Take a look on the results in Comput Biol Med 2021 May 29;134:104531.
Continuous quality improvement is a management process aiming that systematically evaluating the organization’s work process. In community pharmacy, this management can lead to reduction in medication errors and quality-related events. This recent article published in J Am Pharm Assoc comprehensively describes this process in the United States.
This recent article provides a broad overview of the main concepts of pharmacoeconomics and discuss the case of economic evaluations for pharmacist-led interventions. Full access: Pharm Pract (Granada). 2021 Jan-Mar; 19(1): 2302.
Defined daily doses (DDD) are broadly used for drug utilization studies. However, discrepancies between prescribed daily doses (PDD) and this metric may lead to bias conclusions. This article approaches a more dynamic system, based on national and annually updated DDDs. Br J Clin Pharmacol, 2021
Hospital-in-home is an innovative model that provides hospital-level care in a patient’s home. Pharmacists may contribute to this model trough medication reconciliation and medication optimization. In this article, authors performed a prospective quality improvement study to integrate clinical pharmacist into hospital-in-home models: J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2021 Feb 4;S1544-3191(21).
The year of 2021 started with some good news on the COVID-19 vaccines. However, the investigation of additional treatments is not over. Take a look at this recent living systematic review and network meta-analysis on the effectiveness of different interventions for coronavirus – BMJ 2020;370:m2980
During 2020, Pharmacy Practice – the journal has published an international series on the Integration of community pharmacy in primary health care. Key experts were invited to promulgate and disseminate country-based information on primary health care and community pharmacy/pharmacist.
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Take a look at this article that highlights the roles and activities of community pharmacists that can contribute towards the pandemia. Res Social Adm Pharm, 2020.