dr isabella arnet & Professor kurt hersberger

Title: Adherence assessment tools and the development of interventions for the different 3 phases of adherence according to the ABC taxonomy


Overview: Participants will gain insight into specific tools aimed at assessing adherence to medication. A critic evaluation of different tools will occur in light of published study results. The peculiarity of the new ABC taxonomy (initiation, implementation, discontinuation; refer to Vrijens B in Br J Clin Pharmacol 2012) will delineate the adequacy of some tools. Participants will obtain room to present their own projects and discuss the choice of their adherence assessment method.



Dr Isabella Arnet:  Isabelle Arnet studied Pharmacy at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and graduated in 1991. She acquired 1999 at the Department of Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology of the University Hospital Basel her PhD with a thesis on "Compliance/Non-compliance and psychological attributes". 


In 2008 she joined the Pharmaceutical Care Research Group of Prof. Kurt E. Hersberger at the University of Basel as a senior scientist. She now assists in developing Pharmaceutical Care as a core competency of the pharmacy workforce within the Swiss health system. Her main focus of interest is adherence to, and persistence with multiple drug therapies. With researchers from Utrecht (the Netherlands), she published standards for the operationalization of adherence measures with medication records. With researchers from Perth (Australia), she validated a new method to calculate adherence to polypharmacy from pharmacy claims data (publication is imminent). She was awarded the post-doctoral degree (Habilitation) in 2017.


Professor Kurt Hersberger: Kurt Hersberger studied Pharmacy in Basel and Zürich and received in 1981 at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich a certificate in management, technology and economics (BWI) and in 1992 his PhD. He started in 1994 as a lecturer for Pharmacy Practice and became head of the Pharmaceutical Care Research Group at the University of Basel in 2000. In 2007 he was awarded the post-doctoral degree (Habilitation) and appointed senior lecturer for Clinical Pharmacy by the University Council. To keep in touch with the needs of community pharmacies, he continues working part-time in his own pharmacy. His research aims to evaluate and develop services provided by pharmacists in primary care. Special focus is on drug-related problems, polypharmacy, self care, seamless care, and newly on pharmacogenotyping as a new clinical pharmacy service.