Products and services

The Dutch Institute for Rational Use of Medicine (IVM) offers a large selection of products and services in the area of:

Monitoring of prescription behaviour

The IVM monitors the prescription behaviour of general practitioners and also makes individual prescription data understandable to general practitioners. Using the monitoring data, we help general practitioners improve their prescription behaviour. We do this primarily during the Pharmaceutical Therapeutic Audit Meetings (PTAM), a structural meeting between general practitioners and pharmacists about prescription policy. The IVM also provides assistance at other primary care meetings. The work performed by the IVM to improve prescription behaviour can be summarised by 3 types of products and services:

  • Monitor for the prescription behaviour of general practitioners
  • Insight into prescription behaviour
  • Support for general practitioners

Instruction and training for healthcare professionals

With instruction and training, healthcare professionals can update and enlarge their knowledge in the area of medication, medication safety and patient safety. These courses are designed for various healthcare professionals: general practitioners, pharmacists, physician assistants, nurse specialists, nurse practitioners and other nursing and care professionals. The training courses provided by the IVM are for care professionals in home care, services for the disabled and mental healthcare. Customised training courses developed and provided by the IVM are independent and accredited by the relevant professional organisations. All refresher courses and e-learning courses are given in Dutch. On request, we can also develop training courses in different languages.

Information for patients

The IVM develops informational materials for patients on behalf of patients’ associations, healthcare professionals, professional organisations, interest groups, health insurers and public bodies.  We work together with experienced developers, web designers, copywriters and communication experts. The goal is to help patients use their medication properly, as this benefits their health. Among other things, the IVM develops:

  • Folders and brochures
  • Informative websites
  • Lectures, training courses and workshops
  • Public campaigns
  • Applications, games and other informational materials

Medicational and organisational advice

In order to provide good advice to care institutions, a thorough practical study often must be performed. Particularly because of the many mergers, reorganisations and personnel shortages, there are always trouble points within the medication process. The IVM analyses how work is done at departments and/or locations and identifies the trouble points and risks within the medication process. Is work being done in accordance with the current laws and regulations? How large is the chance of medication errors? The IVM can also help to set up the medication process efficiently or study how the distribution policy of medications within a care institution can be optimised.

MedicijnBalans (‘Medicine Balance’)

MedicijnBalans (‘Medicine Balance') is a new programme of the IVM in which a number of new medications are scrutinised. These are medications that are new on the market or for which the indication is being expanded. The IVM is working together with assessment bodies, professional organisations, marketing authorisation holders and knowledge institutions to collect and distribute information about the new medications. The IVM compiles all the information about a medication. This produces a neutral, complete and objective picture that the IVM or experts in the particular medication can pass on to doctors and other interested parties. For more information about all researched medications and the forum, go to the special MedicijnBalans website.