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Pharmacy 2015, 3(4), 307-329; doi:10.3390/pharmacy3040307

The PHAR-QA Project: Competency Framework for Pharmacy Practice—First Steps, the Results of the European Network Delphi Round 1

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Pharmacology Department Lorraine University, Pharmacolor Consultants Nancy, 12 rue de Versigny, Villers 54600, France
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Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences, Research group of In Vitro Toxicology and Dermato-Cosmetology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Laarbeeklaan 103, Brussels 1090, Belgium
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Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Granada (UGR), Campus Universitario de la Cartuja s/n, Granada 18701, Spain
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School of Pharmacy, National and Kapodistrian University Athens, Panepistimiou 30, Athens 10679, Greece
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Pharmacy Faculty, University of Tartu, Nooruse 1, Tartu 50411, Estonia
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Pharmacy Faculty, University of Helsinki, Yliopistonkatu 4, P.O. Box 33-4, Helsinki 00014, Finland
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Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ljubljana, Askerceva cesta 7, Ljubljana 1000, Slovenia
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Pharmacy Faculty, Jagiellonian University, UL, Golebia 24, Krakow 31-007, Poland
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Pharmacy Faculty, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila” Bucharest, Dionisie Lupu 37, Bucharest 020021, Romania
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European Association of Faculties of Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Université de Lille 2, Lille 59000, France
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European Association of Faculties of Pharmacy, Department Pharmaceutical Sciences, Utrecht University, P.O. Box 80082, 3508 TB Utrecht, The Netherlands
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School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham B4 7ET, UK
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MEDINE2, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Laarbeeklaan 103, 1090 Brussels, Belgium
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Academic Editor: Yvonne Perrie
Received: 9 June 2015 / Revised: 22 October 2015 / Accepted: 10 November 2015 / Published: 17 November 2015
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Abstract

PHAR-QA, funded by the European Commission, is producing a framework of competences for pharmacy practice. The framework is in line with the EU directive on sectoral professions and takes into account the diversity of the pharmacy profession and the on-going changes in healthcare systems (with an increasingly important role for pharmacists), and in the pharmaceutical industry. PHAR-QA is asking academia, students and practicing pharmacists to rank competences required for practice. The results show that competences in the areas of “drug interactions”, “need for drug treatment” and “provision of information and service” were ranked highest whereas those in the areas of “ability to design and conduct research” and “development and production of medicines” were ranked lower. For the latter two categories, industrial pharmacists ranked them higher than did the other five groups. View Full-Text
Keywords: pharmacy; competence; education; practice pharmacy; competence; education; practice
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Atkinson, J.; De Paepe, K.; Pozo, A.S.; Rekkas, D.; Volmer, D.; Hirvonen, J.; Bozic, B.; Skowron, A.; Mircioiu, C.; Marcincal, A.; Koster, A.; Wilson, K.; van Schravendijk, C. The PHAR-QA Project: Competency Framework for Pharmacy Practice—First Steps, the Results of the European Network Delphi Round 1. Pharmacy 2015, 3, 307-329.

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