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Promoting evidence-based practice in pharmacies

Authors Toklu H

Received 9 May 2015

Accepted for publication 12 June 2015

Published 3 September 2015 Volume 2015:4 Pages 127—131

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/IPRP.S70406

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Jonathan Ling


Hale Zerrin Toklu

Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, College of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA

Abstract: Evidence-based medicine aims to optimize decision-making by using evidence from well-designed and conducted research. The concept of reliable evidence is essential, since the number of electronic information resources is increasing in parallel to the increasing number and type of drugs on the market. The decision-making process is a complex and requires an extensive evaluation as well as the interpretation of the data obtained. Different sources provide different levels of evidence for decision-making. Not all the data have the same value as the evidence. Rational use of medicine requires that the patients receive “medicines appropriate to their clinical needs, in doses that meet their own individual requirements, for an adequate period of time, and at the lowest cost to them and their community.” Pharmacists have a crucial role in the health system to maintain the rational use of medicine and provide pharmaceutical care to patients, because they are the drug experts who are academically trained for this purpose. The rational use of the pharmacist's workforce will improve the outcome of pharmacotherapy as well as decreasing the global health costs.

Keywords: pharmacist, rational use of medicine, pharmacotherapy, pharmaceutical, outcome

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