Using database - ensuring evidence-based medicines use - Evidence-based practice skills

Thursday 1 October 2015
D6, 3 hours

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


In the real practice environment, it is one thing to desire using evidence-based practice (EBP), it is another to be able to use it routinely and effectively in view of competing priorities. It is well acknowledged that there exists a significant gap between the theory and practice of EBP. A pharmacist with good intentions to adopt EBP must be aware of the barriers to adoption and more importantly how to overcome the barriers. The first session will focus on delineating the barriers, while the second session will focus on strategies to overcome the barriers. Focus groups will be constituted based upon distinct global geographical regions as the barriers tend to be region-specific. This will serve to educate students and practitioners for the purpose of improving patient care.

Learning objectives

Application-based session

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

  1. Identify most common barriers to EBP.
  2. Check region/practice-specific barriers to EBP.
  3. Advocate how social, cultural, and religious beliefs can modulate EBP.
  4. Identify skills needed to overcome barriers to EBP.
  5. Analyse how to partner with patients in practising EBP.
  6. Evaluate which barriers and barrier overcoming strategies are best suited to one’s own education and practice environment.


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

14:30 1) Barriers to EBP
Greg Duncan (Monash University, Australia)

15:00 2) Techniques for empowering the pharmacist: skills to practice EBP
Safeera Hussainy (Monash University, Australia)

15:45 Break

16:00 3) Educational strategies to overcome barriers to EBP: model for an environment with limited resources

P.T. Thomas (Taylor's University, Malaysia)

16:50 4) Workshop and panel discussion / Q & A