Kidney researchers gather at QEHB

01 December 2012

E-prescribing group shotResearchers from Germany, Ireland and Sweden were among the delegates as QEHB hosted the second of two European-funded workshops on electronic prescribing recently.

The workshop, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), focussed on the use of clinical decision support systems in the prevention and treatment of acute kidney injury (AKI) and chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Experts from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, University College Dublin in Ireland and the University of Heidelberg in Germany joined colleagues from across the UK.

The complexity of the interactions between practitioner, patient and drug factors means designing a pan-European decision support system for AKI and CKD is a challenge which has yet to be conquered.

The workshop group included experts in various specialties, including clinical pharmacology, nephrology and pharmacy.

This diversity allowed the group to discuss the issues at hand from several perspectives, generating a number of promising research ideas.

As a result of the workshop, plans have been put in place to publish an academic paper summarising the discussions on the use of clinical decision support in AKI and CKD.

The group discussed the prospect of building a unified database – Kidney Alert Drug Decision Support (KADDS) – for drugs used in AKI and CKD.

The group will also attempt to gain EU funding to undertake further collaborative research, with the aim of implementing appropriate clinical decision support in hospitals across Europe.

This in turn will help to improve practitioner performance and patient safety.