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Title: Prescribing antipsychotics in Montenegro: A focus group analysis
Authors: Ilickovic I.
Jankovic, Slobodan
Issue Date: 2014
Abstract: Background Although prescribing antipsychotics to patients with schizophrenia is advised by national and/or international evidence-based practice guidelines, the implementation of the guidelines in clinical practice is still matter of concern. Objective. The aim of our study was to estimate schizophrenia guideline adherence and identify eventual barriers to its implementation in Montenegro. Method This study used focus group methodology. The focus group was composed of two psychiatrists, one psychologist, one pharmacist from a community pharmacy, one pharmacist from the State reimbursement fund, one pharmacist from a drug wholesaler and the chief investigator, a clinical pharmacologist. The focus group took place in Podgorica, Montenegro, in 2013. The analysis of recordings was performed using an iterative, qualitative technique and a constant comparison method. Results. The most important barriers to the implementation of evidence-based guidelines for the treatment of schizophrenia in Montenegro are non-adherence to medication, low level of psychiatrist-patient concordance, restrictive procedures for prescribing atypical antipsychotics, lack of availability of newer antipsychotics and some dosage forms, and mixing primary, secondary and tertiary care services within a tertiary care psychiatric institution. Conclusion. Addressing the barriers identifi ed by this focus group and avoiding the consequences of poor adherence would be the fi rst steps for better mental health planning in the community.
Type: article
DOI: 10.2478/SJECR-2014-0006
ISSN: 1820-8665
SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-84898734205
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Medical Sciences, Kragujevac

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