The establishment and expansion of an innovative centre for rational pharmacotherapy—determinants and challenges

Kardakis, Therese and Tomson, Göran and Wettermark, Björn and Brommels, Mats and Godman, Brian and Bastholm-Rahmner, Pia (2015) The establishment and expansion of an innovative centre for rational pharmacotherapy—determinants and challenges. International Journal of Health Planning and Management, 30 (1). pp. 14-30. ISSN 1099-1751

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Abstract

The regional Board of Health in Stockholm, Sweden, established the Pharmacotherapy Centre (PTC) to enhance the rational use of medicines. The PTC initiated computerised decision support systems and developed a range of electronic service products to sustain rational prescribing. However, knowledge about which determinants have supported or hindered the sustainability of this type of healthcare organisation is limited. This study aims to identify and explore determinants that support or challenge the development and sustainability of the PTC organisation, as well as investigate the key elements of their implementation efforts.