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Results presented from TRAM-S project to help implement clinical practice guidelines

This is one of the most common problems in healthcare and the project seeks solutions to make sure patients always get the most efficient treatment

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31.03.2016

In medicine, Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) are the tool most commonly used to communicate and transfer the latest scientific evidence to medical practice. However the recommendations in these guidelines tend to differ from one hospital to the next and that means medical care isn't homogenous and patients don’t always receive the most efficient treatment according to scientific evidence.

With the aim of improving this situation, the TRAM-S project was launched four years ago (Transfer of results of Medical research to decision-making in the Sanitary field), coordinated by the Open University of Catalonia and the University of Girona and funded by the Institute of Health Carlos III.

The results of TRAM-S were presented on 16 March at an event organized by the Department of Health featuring Catalan Minister of Health Antoni Comín, Director of AQuAS Antoni Dedeu, and Biocat CEO Albert Barberà.

In addition to transferring results obtained (including the attitude of different target audiences of the CPG and barriers to communication between them), the event presented a digital dissemination tool for the Clinical Practice Guidelines that was designed specially to provide procedures and communication actions adapted to each of the stakeholders and situations in the health arena.

“The barriers to communication between research and care have a direct impact on the patient and this is an area we must improve. We’ve laid out a strategy and now all of the stakeholders in the sector must change their behavior for it to have a real impact,” says Biocat CEO Albert Barberà.

The project also featured participation from the University of Barcelona, University Ramon Llull, Eixample Health Centers and Biocat.

Presentació TRAM-S

At the event, Biocat CEO Albert Barberà presenting the project. Next to him, UOC Vice-president Marta Aymerich, who was the main researcher on TRAM-S, and Carme Carrion, researcher at AQuAS and the UdG Translab Laboratory - Photo: © UOC.

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