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The European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) released the results of the 2017 Statements Survey that measured the progress of the implementation of the European Statements of Hospital Pharmacy. The 2017 edition of the survey focused on Sections 2, 5 and 6 of the Statements linked to selection, procurement and distribution, patient safety as well as education and research.
The European Statements of Hospital Pharmacy express commonly agreed objectives that every European health system should strive for in the delivery of hospital pharmacy services. Since 2015, EAHP is evaluating the barriers and drivers of Statement implementation by means of the Statement surveys. The Results of the 2017 survey activity revealed that while education opportunities are sought by hospital pharmacists, many still struggle with the participation in and the publication of research. Concerning patient safety activities, the reduction of medication errors through the use of computer decision support proved difficult, mainly due to the lack of capacity and capability or because the hospital management did not consider such activity as a priority.
The least positive responses in Section 2 were, however, received in relation to the question inquiring about reason to contact the medicines authority because of medicines shortages. Around 60% of the respondents had to contact their national competent authority to inform them of a medicine shortage, to ask for details about the reasons for a …
Section 6: Education and Research
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