Journal de pharmacie de Belgique vol:57 issue:5 pages:103-6
Teaching Pharmacy Practice as an approach to pharmaceutical care started in 1991 at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL). Although completely new, none of the courses related to pharmacy practice was compulsory for all students, due to the option system adopted at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the KUL. After 10 years the number of students choosing for the option community and hospital pharmacy (most related to pharmacy practice) is stabilized at about 60% of the total number of students. From the very beginning. It was quite difficult to harmonize the research field of pharmacy practice with the more fundamentally oriented research activities in the different pharmaceutical laboratories. This resulted in a "Living Apart Together" (LAT) relationship with some negative consequences on activity funding. Nevertheless interesting research projects emerged from the Division of Drug and Patient Information. One PhD thesis was achieved. In the near future external partners may play an important role in structural support of research activities. These research is necessary to ensure the presence of pharmaceutical care as a validated discipline in the training of future pharmacists.