Guidance by physicians and pharmacists during antidepressant therapy

Authors Mariëtte Nederlof, Daniёlle C Cath, Lennart J Stoker, Toine Egberts, Rob Heerdink
Published in BMVC Psychiatry
Publication date 2017
Research groups Innovation in Healthcare Processes in Pharmacology
Type Article


Background: Guidance of patients treated with antidepressants is paramount for successful therapy. The aim was to assess patients’ needs and suggestions for improvement of guidance by physicians and pharmacists during second generation antidepressant (SGA) therapy. Methods: Five focus group discussions were held with a total of 34 patients using an SGA. The discussions were conducted flexibly and responsively using a semi-structured topic list. All focus group discussions were videorecorded and transcripts were analyzed using ATLAS.ti for coding, thematic and open analysis. Results: Participants stated they were in need of better guidance. They suggested improving content of information during decisional moments, patient-health care professional communication and communication between health care professionals, and finally, organization of guidance. Barriers to achieving improved guidance were cited. Conclusions: Content, communication and organization of guidance are pivotal for achieving optimal guidance. Participants mentioned their current experienced guidance had limitations and brought up solutions for improvement. A next step would be to discuss the suggested solutions with health care professionals to assess their views and to discuss the possibility for implementation. After implementation, future studies could be aimed at determination of its impact on patients’ treatment efficacy, quality of life, treatment satisfaction and healthcare costs. DOI 10.1186/s12888-017-1522-9

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    Rob Heerdink
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    • Research group: Innovation in Healthcare Processes in Pharmacology

Language English
Published in BMVC Psychiatry
Year and volume 17 1
Key words Counseling, Patient satisfaction, Professional role, Qualitative research, Focus groups, Antidepressiva agents, Second-generation

Innovation in Healthcare Processes in Pharmacology