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RGU staff deliver successful training programme in Qatar


Staff from Robert Gordon University (RGU) travelled to the Middle East recently to deliver training to Pharmacy staff in the region.

Doha JBI Training at the College of Pharmacy.Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) trainers Dr Kay Cooper and Pamela Kirkpatrick from RGU’s Institute for Health and Wellbeing Research (IHWR) spent five days at Qatar University in March.

There they delivered the JBI Comprehensive Systematic Review Training Programme to 14 delegates of faculty staff in the University’s College of Pharmacy.

It is the first international delivery of the course offered by the Scottish Centre for Evidence-based, Multi-professional Practice: an affiliate centre of the Joanna Briggs Institute, based in Adelaide University.

Course participants included Associate Professors, Assistant Professors, the Chair of Clinical Pharmacy and Practice section and the Dean and Head of Research for Pharmacy.

Most of the participants are active in varied aspects of pharmacy research including inter professional education, coronary heart disease and drug effectiveness studies.

Pamela Kirkpatrick said: “It’s great Dr Cooper and I have been able to deliver the course to our colleagues at Qatar University. Their feedback has been extremely positive and it’s good to know we’ve helped increase their knowledge of the JBI approach to conducting systematic reviews.

“Conducting JBI systematic reviews will allow the Pharmacy staff to synthesise research evidence on a range of topics, thereby facilitating evidence-based practice and teaching, and identifying areas that require further research to be conducted.”

The pharmacists will now work on registering their titles, developing their protocols and systematic reviews with support from the RGU trainers through regular communication.

This will consolidate knowledge gained and help to optimise publication opportunities in The Joanna Briggs Institute Library of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports.

In addition to further developing research capacity in Pharmacy globally, delivering the training strengthens RGU's research relationships with healthcare professionals in the Middle East and activities will also contribute to the outputs of the Scottish Centre.

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Ross AndersonCommunications Officer | Health and Sport