Using database - ensuring evidence-based medicines use - Information Mastery

Thursday 1 October 2015
D5, 3 hours

Organised by the FIP Community Pharmacy Section, the FIP Academic Pharmacy Section and the FIP Health and Medicines Information Section 


The ever-increasing roles of a pharmacist in the healthcare system pose an ever-increasing demand on time. High efficiency is therefore paramount if one has to successfully navigate through the various roles. One such important role is to adopt science-driven and evidence-based practice (EBP). Among various modalities of EBP, the one most amenable to successful adoption in time-constrained environment is Information Mastery, i.e. the ability to quickly and efficiently find pre-appraised and summarised science-driven evidence relevant to one’s own practice. It is equally important to ensure that pharmacy students are exposed to Information Mastery early and throughout their pharmacy education. This session will focus on Information Mastery relevant to both electronic resource-rich and electronic resource-poor practice environments. The format of the session will be an actual hands-on workshop using real-life case studies. The focus of the session will be on educating students and practitioners in efficient use of the vast amounts of information available to them.

Learning objectives

Application-based session

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

  1. Define and describe the essential characteristics of Information Mastery.
  2. Research how Information Mastery can be a great time-saving device yet allowing the pharmacist to retrieve high quality EBP material relevant to one’s own practice.
  3. Detect high quality science-driven data resources, both subscription and non-subscription based.
  4. Judge how each data resource is somewhat unique in its focus and characteristics.
  5. Choose how to incorporate Information Mastery into curricula.
  6. Perform in real time how Information Mastery works using their own portable electronic devices.


Chairs: Luis Lourenco (FIP CPS, Portugal) and P.T. Thomas (Taylor’s University, Malaysia)

09:00 1) Information Mastery overview: how Information Mastery (time efficient) differs from critical appraisal skills (time intensive)
Vimal Kishore (Xavier University of Louisiana, USA)

09:30 2) Preparing a database to provide on-the-minute updated information about medicines/health products
Joana Pinto (Associação Nacional das Farmácias, Portugal)

10:30 Break

10:50 3) Hands on demonstration of the use of high quality Information Mastery resources, including participation by the attendees
Timothy Chen (The University of Sydney, Australia)