The National Home Infusion Foundation (NHIF) announced yesterday that the winner of the 2020 Outstanding Abstract Achievement Award is Rachel Dellevar, PharmD.

Dellevar was given the award for her presentation on “Prescriber Acceptance Rates of Pharmacist Recommendations in the Home Infusion Setting.” Her abstract discussed how pharmacist recommendations made within a home infusion pharmacy setting were either accepted with or without modification or rejected and analyzed the potential reasons for the recommendations and time involved in provider response.

The abstract submission program offers an opportunity for home and specialty infusion professionals to conduct investigative research into an industry-related topic and share their findings with the National Home Infusion Association (NHIA) and larger community. Finalists in the program shared their presentations live via webinar.

As the winner, Dellevar will receive a $1,000 scholarship, as well as support in developing a manuscript for publication, based on her presentation topic, and an opportunity to publish her finding in NHIA’s INFUSION magazine.

“Thank you to NHIA for giving me this amazing opportunity to present my research to such a wide audience. I also want to thank my residency program director Tiffany Fancher, who has been an invaluable resource to me as I conduct my research. This was a truly fantastic experience, and I am so honored to have been selected for this award,” said Dellevar.

Dellevar attended pharmacy school at Concordia University Wisconsin and is currently a PGY1 resident for Coram/CVS Specialty Infusion Services. Her professional interest areas include infectious disease, specialty disease states, and compounding. She is a participant in NHIA’s Resident Program, where home and specialty infusion residents collaborate with the association and are provided with an outlet to develop and present research. The residents in the program get training to develop their research, and then submit abstracts and posters which are presented at NHIA’s Annual Conference.

“We congratulate Dellevar and all participants in this year’s poster submission program for their hard work and commitment to sharing research on home and specialty infusion clinical practice. It is exciting for us to see the innovative ways that industry professionals are assessing best practices and ways to advance home and specialty infusion and address challenges, especially during this public health crisis,” said NHIF’s Board Chair Chris Maksym, PharmD.

NHIF also acknowledged this year’s Honorable Mention, Janet Slugget of CPIE Pharmacy Services, for her submission titled, “Flow Rate Accuracy of Ambulatory Elastomeric and Electronic Pumps used to Deliver Continuous Infusions at Home.” Slugget is a senior research fellow at the University of South Australia.

REFERENCE
National Home Infusion Foundation announces recipient of 2020 Outstanding Abstract Achievement Award [news release]. Alexandria, VA: The National Home Infusion Foundation (NHIF); May 21, 2020. Accessed May 22, 2020.