The Pharmaceutical Care Network Europe (PCNE) was established in 1994 by a number of European pharmaceutical care researchers. It became an official association (under Dutch law) in 2004.
For the first time, the Pharmaceutical Care Network Europe and EuroPharm Forum jointly organised a conference dedicated to the topic 'Research meets Pharmacy Practice'. The overall aim was to bring together politicians, practitioners and researchers to discuss the possibilities for enhanced cooperation to ensure th at pharmaceutical care services wil! be effective, relevant to patients and the public, and recognised by decision-makers. With the wish to stimulate collaborative working and sharing, the conference opened a debate around the following topics:
The focus of the conference was measuring practice, and for this purpose one must recognise the importance of indicators and descriptors of situations and processes. The working definitions for those two essential elements of process control were as follows:
The conference was a big success and especially the workshops were very much appreciated, but many participants found them too short. The evaluation forms showed that the participants recognised the need for working on the management of implementation and dissemination and suggested that as a topic for a next joint conference.
We may look forward to the next time that research and practice wil! meet.
Eeva Teräsalmi (EuroPharm) and Martin Henman (Pharmaceutical Care Network Europe)
Proceedings have been prepared from this conference.
Chairs of the conference: Eeva Teräsalmi, Finland & Martin Henman, Ireland
Oranisation: Europharm Office, Copenhagen, Denmark
Abstract review committee: