To update and define indicators for improving the quality of care and pharmaceutical care for people living with HIV infection in Spain.
The present project, which updates the previous version of the 2013 document, was developed in four work phases carried out between January and June 2022. In phase 1, the organization phase, a working group was created, made up of seven hospital pharmacy specialists with extensive experience in pharmaceutical care and from different SFHs in Spain. In addition, another 34 specialists participated in the evaluation of the indicators through two rounds of online evaluation to generate consensus. For phase 2, initially, a review of the identified reference literature was carried out with the aim of establishing a basis from which to define a proposal for quality criteria and indicators. Then, a preliminary proposal of criteria was made and revisions were established for their adjustment in several telematic work meetings. In phase 3, consensus was established based on the Delphi-Rand/UCLA consensus methodology. In addition, all the indicators classified as appropriate and necessary were grouped according to two levels of monitoring recommendation, so as to guide the hospital pharmacy services in the priority of their measurement: key and advanced. Finally, in phase 4, the final project document was prepared, along with the corresponding descriptive sheets for each indicator in order to facilitate the measurement and evaluation of the indicators by the hospital pharmacy services.
Following the consensus methodology used, a list of items made up of 79 appropriate and necessary indicators was drawn up to establish a follow-up and monitoring of the quality and activity of pharmaceutical care for people living with HIV. Of these, 60 were established as key and 19 advanced.
The indicators defined and updated, since the previous version of 2013, are intended to be a tool for professionals to guide decision-making and facilitate the measurement and assessment of the most relevant aspects of the quality and pharmaceutical care of people living with HIV.