The 25th Anniversary Congress of the European Association of
Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) explored the digital future of the profession.
Not only was it hosted virtually but it also provided participants with a
glimpse of what is to come in the not so far away future. Pharmacy
prescribing and the transfer of care were a few of the topics discussed in
relation to the changing roles of the profession.
Over 2200 hospital
pharmacists from more than 60 countries joined EAHP over the last 6-days.
Although the surroundings of the congress were different than usual the
interest in the sessions was as always very high. In particular, the three
Synergy Satellite events looking at oncology biosimilars, antithrombotic
stewardship and biosimilars in colorectal cancers as well as the interactive
workshops triggered lively discussions among the participants. Also, those
that joined one or all of the three keynotes touching on artificial
intelligence, pharmacist prescribing and the role of computers in the future
of healthcare appreciated the outlooks provided by the different
Centring around the
theme “Hospital Pharmacy 5.0 - the future of patient care” the scientific
programme developed by EAHP’s Scientific Committee did not only provide
participants with a look forward but also looked back at the impact that the
COVID-19 pandemic has had and still has on the profession. Besides being
reflected among the different poster submissions the topic also was the focus
of two sessions looking at multi-disciplinary care for COVID-19 patients and
the repurposing of treatment options.
This year’s poster
presentations combined the submissions from 2020 and 2021. The Scientific
Committee awarded two first prizes. The winner of the 2020 poster submission
is Ulrika Gillespie. She received the award for the abstract “Facilitators
and barriers to performing comprehensive medication reviews and follow-up in
older hospitalised patients by multiprofessional ward teams including a
clinical pharmacist”. The 1st prize for poster
submissions in 2021 went to Tessa Jaspers for her abstract “Effect of a
multifaceted clinical decision support intervention on adherence to
thromboprophylaxis guidelines in non-surgical patients”. Like every year,
EAHP also awards a prize to the best Good Practice Initiative (GPI). Matts
Balgård’s GPI “Inclusion of pharmacy students in an interprofessional
training ward placement for health care students in Sweden” was recognised
with the first prize for 2020, while Lotte Deschepper received the first
prize for 2021 for her GIP “Role of pharmacists during COVID-19
pandemic in a Belgian general hospital”.
For the first time,
EAHP handed out a Statement Implementation Award to acknowledge contributions
with a specific emphasis on implementing the European Statements of Hospital
Pharmacy which express commonly agreed objectives that every European health
system should aim for in the delivery of hospital pharmacy services. Vito
Ladisa won the Statement Implementation Award for his GIP titled
“Multidisciplinary CAR-T team”. Also, research in hospital pharmacy conducted
by a student was recognised with Teodora Bulog winning this year’s EAHP-EPSA
Student Science Award for her abstract “Identification of drug-related
problems in elderly patients during hospital care”.
EAHP would like to
thank Platinum Partner: Amgen, Gold Partner: Bayer, Silver Partner: Clinigen,
and Corporate Partner: Omnicell for their continued support.
For 2022, you can
already mark the 23rd to 25th of March. Come and join us in Vienna, Austria
to explore the changing roles of hospital pharmacists in a changing