Closing the gap between evidence and practice

Saturday 3 October 2015
D1*     Session accredited under ACPE, UAN: 0579-0000-15-012-L04-P (3.0 contact hours)

Organised by the FIP Programme Committee


Creativity and motivation are main drivers of change in healthcare professions. If we are committed to constant change – we are surely committed to quality improvement. New evidence, new ideas and innovations are necessary for leading change in pharmacy practice, education and the decision making process. Ability and willingness to accept changes and to implement them in everyday practice are essential if we want to improve quality and professional excellence in pharmacy.

Translating science into practice, researching, reading and writing the evidence, creating new services and developing competencies at advanced levels of practice are some of the ways to close the gap between evidence and practice and improve our performance for the benefit of our patients. Experts in pharmacy education, pharmaceutical care, research, sociology and behavioural sciences will present challenges and opportunities to achieve professional excellence.

Learning objectives

Application-based session

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the behavioural background of change management and social intelligence in healthcare professions.
  2. Advocate for the process of change and innovation implementation at individual, organisational and national level in pharmacy.
  3. Conduct the processes of producing and using evidence in pharmacy practice.
  4. Adopt the ideas of service improvement and competency development.
  5. Perform possible changes in their everyday practice.

Chair: Arijana Meštrović (Pharma Expert, Croatia)


14:30 1) Introduction by the Chair

14:40 2) Creativity and motivation – defining social intelligence in the pharmacy profession
Katherine Pedro Beardsley (University of Minnesota, USA)

15:10 3) Committed to quality – committed to change
Helen Gordon (Royal Pharmaceutical Society, UK)

15:40 Break

16:00 4) Pharmacy practice between reading and writing evidence – do we have time? 
Foppe van Mil (Van Mil Consultancy, The Netherlands)

16:30 5) Mind the gap – evidence based pharmacy practice – are we ready?
Tim Chen (FIP SAPS, Australia)

17:00 6) Starting the change today - Final exercise with the audience and wrap up
 Arijana Meštrović (Pharma Expert, Croatia)