Lauren Biehle Published in AJHP
An article by Lauren Biehle, Pharm.D., BCPS, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice, was recently published in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy (AJHP). The article titled, "Significant publications on infectious diseases pharmacotherapy in 2011," (Truc T. Tran, Nicholas D. Beyda, Lauren R. Biehle, Jessica M. Cottreau, Kelly Echevarria, William L. Musick, Katherine K. Perez, and Amy N. Schilling on Behalf of The Houston Infectious Diseases Network) was a Special Feature in the October 1, 2012 issue of AJHP.
"The main aspect of this article that made it interesting and exciting was the collaboration between the Houston Infectious Diseases Network and the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists," says Biehle. "Overall, it was a very enjoyable article to write and it's a quick review of the important infectious disease articles of 2011."
The purpose of the article was to summarize important articles on topics pertinent to infectious diseases (ID) pharmacotherapy published in prominent peer-reviewed journals in 2011.
According to the abstract, pharmacists, physicians, and researchers from the Houston Infectious Diseases Network were asked to nominate articles published in 2011 that they perceived as having a significant impact on the field of ID pharmacotherapy. The resulting list, comprising 10 articles related to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and 38 articles on a broad range of other ID-related topics, was sent to members of the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP) for evaluation via an Internet survey. The survey participants were asked to select 10 articles from the list of general ID articles and 1 article from the HIV- or AIDS-related articles that they viewed as having the most impact on the field. Of the 328 SIDP members surveyed, 120 (37%) ranked the non-HIV-related papers and 55 (17%) ranked the HIV-related papers. The 12 highest-ranked items—including 3 guidelines—are summarized in the article.
The study concluded that due to the increasing number of articles published each year, it is difficult to maintain a current knowledge of significant publications in the field of ID pharmacotherapy. This review of the key articles in 2011 may be helpful to the nonspecialist clinician by lessening this burden.