Development of a quality assessment tool for pharmacy and therapeutics committees and subsequent pilot testing.

Schönenberger, Nicole; Meyer-Massetti, Carla; Bravo, Silvina (2024). Development of a quality assessment tool for pharmacy and therapeutics committees and subsequent pilot testing. European journal of hospital pharmacy, 31(2), pp. 171-174. BMJ Publishing Group 10.1136/ejhpharm-2022-003365

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Pharmacy and therapeutics committees (PTCs) are multidisciplinary hospital teams responsible for rational medication use. We aimed at developing and piloting an assessment tool for their operating quality.We conducted a scoping literature review in PubMed and Embase to identify potential assessment items. Their relevance was systematically rated and consolidated into the final tool.60 relevant items were included, grouped into eight focus topics: the committee's institutional integration, member characteristics, performance indicators, meeting structure, formulary decision-making and characteristics, strategies to guide medication use and medication use evaluations.In combination with a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis, the tool helped the identification of improvement opportunities for a pilot hospital: adapting the committee's structure, improving the formulary decision-making, implementing strategies to guide formulary medication use and strengthening the committee's recognition within the institution.The tool successfully identified improvement opportunities for a PTC and could therefore be interesting for other hospitals.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of General Internal Medicine (DAIM) > Clinic of General Internal Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Medical Education > Institute of General Practice and Primary Care (BIHAM)

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Meyer-Massetti, Carla Verena


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




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17 Oct 2022 11:13

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24 Feb 2024 07:22

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Health Care Economics and Organizations MEDICATION SYSTEMS, HOSPITAL PHARMACY SERVICE, HOSPITAL Practice Guideline Quality Assurance, Health Care Quality of Health Care Safety




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