Identification of unmet therapeutic options due to lack of availability of the most indicated industrial medicine on the market.
Portugal ( PorMSIC) - University Beira Interior, Covilha
Public Health
Faculdade de Ciancias da Saude Av. Infante D. Henrique 6200-506 Covilha Portugal
Luis Taborda Barata
Adriana Oliveira dos Santos
4 weeks
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Type of Research Project
- Clinical Project without Laboratory work
What is the background of the project?
Medical doctors wish to provide their patients with the best treatment possible. However, they are sometimes confronted with the absence of the industrial medicine that would be their preferred option, sometimes the only truly good option for a particular patient. An approved medicine may not reach, or be removed from, commercialization due to several factors, but the main reason is surely financial. Medicinal products are on the market not only because there is knowledge allowing their development as safe and efficacious products, but also if they are profitable. In other occasions it may also happen that a pharmacological treatment know to be beneficial is not even developed into a product by a pharmaceutical company. Pharmacies have the mission to make medicines available to patients, and there are several mechanisms that help them fulfill this mission. One of them is the preparation of compounded medicines, a common practice to obtain medicines in dosage forms or strengths more suitable to a pediatric patient, or for dermatological treatment. However, as the needs and knowledge evolve, so should the formularies of compounded medicines. However, the true needs are not easily perceived, as neither the options available to the doctor are always clear to him.
What is the aim of the project?
To build and validate an online survey adequate to the country of origin of the student, as an instrument to evaluate the needs felt by medical doctors, and solutions used, relative to the absence of medicines on the market of industrial medicines in that country. To develop the strategy of divulgation of the survey in that country.
What techniques and methods are used?
A survey will be created (there is a previous study conducted in Portugal, and a new one may be ongoing or completed at the time). There is only the need to translate, adapt and validate the survey. There may not be time to have the approval of an ethics committee and to apply collect responses to the survey. The work is possible to complete at distance, if the student demonstrates the interest and capacity to do so.
What is the role of the student?
- The student will observe the practical experiments but will be highly involved in the analysis of the results
- The tasks will be done under supervision
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
As explained for the method, the student is expected to build and validate an online survey by adapting an existing one to the realty of his country. All of the work will be done with supervision. Due to the limited time of the project, the work might have to be completed at distance. Therefore, the interest of the student to give continuity to the project (data collection and analysis) at distance after the exchange is most welcomed.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- The student’s name will be mentioned in a future publication
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts:
- Medical students
- Graduated students (less than 6 months)