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Drugs Aging. 2016 Mar;33(3):189-97. doi: 10.1007/s40266-016-0356-3.

Experience with the Implementation of Clinical Pharmacy Services and Processes in a University Hospital in Belgium.

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1
Department of Pharmacy, Ghent University Hospital, De Pintelaan 185, 9000, Ghent, Belgium. annemie.somers@uzgent.be.
2
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium. annemie.somers@uzgent.be.
3
Department of Pharmacy, Ghent University Hospital, De Pintelaan 185, 9000, Ghent, Belgium.
4
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium.
5
Department of Intensive Care and External Relationships, Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium.
6
Faculty of Medicine, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium.
7
Department of Geriatrics, Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium.

Abstract

This article summarizes the experience with the development of clinical pharmacy services in the Ghent University Hospital in Belgium. Implementation of clinical pharmacy services in Belgian hospitals has not been evident because these activities were initially not structurally financed. The aim is to describe the strengths and weaknesses of the clinical pharmacy development process, and the milestones that enhanced the progress. Furthermore, the organisation of clinical pharmacy in the Ghent University Hospital is explained, including back- and front-office activities, seamless pharmaceutical care and medication safety improvement. Some working methods, procedures and tools are explained for different clinical pharmacy services. In particular, the clinical pharmacy projects for geriatric patients as well as the preparation of clinical pharmacy services for the accreditation process are explained. We also reflect on the organisation model and the future development of clinical pharmacy, taking into consideration facilitators and potential barriers.

PMID:
26922733
DOI:
10.1007/s40266-016-0356-3
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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