Good drug utilization.

A major topic of this research domain is medication use in older adults. Attention is paid to the quality of prescribing in the primary care setting (home and nursing home). In cooperation with several European countries, tools are constructed for electronical pharmacotherapeutic decision support.

Within the research on polypharmacy, the study of psychotropic drug use (antidepressants, antipsychotics, hypnosedatives) and anticholinergic drugs among (demented) older adults is an important domain. To tackle the injudicious use of psychotropics in Belgium, the research unit collaborates with the Flemish and Federal government in improvement projects (e.g. the Leiehome project), and the construction of quality indicators for nursing homes in Flanders. The unit maintains collaborations with the Belgian Psychotropics Expert Platform (BelPep) and the Belgian Center of Pharmacotherapeutical Information (BCFI/CBIP www.bcfi.be ).

The research unit participates in studies aiming to improve correct drug utilization via other caregivers like pharmacists and nurses. In this field close collaboration exists with the faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Ghent University and with Antwerp University.

The research unit has several national and international collaborations in the field of independent drug information, cross-national (European) comparison of drug use, and access to medicines.