At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :
|1||At the end of the course, students should be able: - To explain the concept of clinical evidence, and the relative strength of different levels of evidence including data from the scientific literature and other sources of information (such as summary of product characteristics, data from the pharmaceutical industry, recommendations from health authorities, ); - To explain the concept of clinical therapeutic guidelines, and to elaborate on their use in clinical practice ; - To explain the basic principles of pharmacoeconomy and to explain how it can contribute to make rationale therapeutic choices ; - To explain the economic and political principles underlying decisions relative to the use of medicines in Belgium and in Europe, and to debate on the role that pharmacists have with that respect.|
- basic principles of evidence-based medicine; Primary sources of information (experimental and observational studies); secondary and tertiary sources of information (systematic reviews, meta-analysis, clinical practice guidelines, consesus meetings, other sources of information); drug advertising.
- each part is adressed according to the following questions: what is the evidence? Where can I find them ? How to analyze them critically ?
Part 2. Pharmacoeconomy
Introduction to the Belgian health care system; principles and methods in pharmacoeconomy and in health economic evaluation; drug reimbursement and pricing in Belgium.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.This course includes a mixed approach including lectures, some homework (reading, online exercises), and participation in face-to-face seminars. Teachers pay special attention to making as much as possible the link between theory and practice by illustrating their statements with up-to-date examples concerning different types of drugs.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.The assessment of learning achievements involves 2 components:
- The completion of the online exercises, the participation in the seminars and the results of the simulation test contribute to a part of the evaluation and of the final mark
- A written exam with theoretical as well as practical questions relating to the different parts of the course. The skills relating to searching information are assessed through practical questions where the student uses a computer with access to the sources of information seen in the course.
Any unjustified absence leads to a penalty on the examination mark that may go up to a cancellation of the examination mark for the academic year (0.20).
In case of repeated absences, even justified, the teacher can propose to the jury to object to the registration to the course examination in accordance with Article 72 of the RGEE.