The Pharmacy Information Services Advocacy Project aims to develop skills of pharmacists in pharmacy information services. This is in line with the new competencies for pharmacists outlined in the recently passed Philippine Pharmacy Act of 2016 (RA 10918), specifically, the development of knowledge and skills in providing drug information. This aims to enable pharmacists to serve the information needs of different healthcare professionals in different practice settings.
The Pharmacy Information Services Advocacy Group conducted a seminar/workshop on January 22-23, 2018 at The Bayleaf Intramuros, Marigold Function Room. This served as a trainers’ training for pharmacists who are practicing health and medicines information in their own respective fields of practice. The participants who attended the session included 6 hospital pharmacists, 5 community pharmacists, 4 pharmacists in the academe, 1 in the pharmaceutical industry, 4 in publishing / health care information, and 1 in research.
The event featured a host of speakers, each an expert in their own respective practices: Dr. Yolanda Robles and Dr. Imelda Peña, from the University of the Philippines College of
Pharmacy, Prof. Nina Castillo-Carandang from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine, Dr. Raymond Francis Sarmiento from the National Telehealth Center, and Prof. Parisa Aslani from the University of Sydney.
The first day was targeted for contextualizing the information services practice in the Philippines. Dr. Yolanda Robles began the seminar with a discussion on skills required in pharmacy information services, summarizing the skills required into 4 major classifications: oral communication skills, written skills, skills in accessing resources, and search skills. Dr. Imelda Peña then discussed different techniques in evaluating reliability of existing sources, including both text and online references. Ms. Nina Castillo-Carandang discussed ethical issues in the provision of pharmacy information services, emphasizing on the importance of the context in which, ethical decisions are made in health care. Dr. Raymond Sarmiento ended the first day’s discussion with knowledge management frameworks currently available in practice, citing examples of existing electronic health records, and the advantages of proper knowledge management in health care processes. On the second day of the seminar/workshop, Prof. Parisa Aslani discussed the different services that can be offered in a Pharmacy Information Center, as well as the different requirements needed to set one up.