Publication: An international asset map of clinicians, educators and researchers pursuing better medicine use in children: Initial findings.

Citation

MacLeod, S. M., Greff, M. J. E., Knoppert, D. C., Ito, S., and Rieder, M. J., (2017) An international asset map of clinicians, educators and researchers pursuing better medicine use in children: Initial findings. Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 101: 274–280. doi: 10.1002/cpt.460

Abstract

The world’s 1.89 billion children (0-14) too frequently receive treatments that have not been validated through clinical pharmacology research, especially in low and middle income countries. Initial findings from an international asset map of professionals and clinician scientists available to address the needs for education, research and treatment support suggest a critical shortage of clinical pharmacologists, clinical pharmacists and other professionals with advanced training in the evaluation of therapies for childhood conditions and illnesses. A total of 497 individuals responded to a survey conducted between May 2015 and February 2016. An alarming signal is apparent showing that, while the overall resource pool is unquestionably limited, 87% of relevant qualified personnel are located in high income countries. The data suggest urgent need for targeted training in pediatric clinical pharmacology with particular focus on the needs in Africa, Latin America and most of Asia. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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