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

Therese Kardakis, Göran Tomson, Björn Wettermark, Mats Brommels, Brian Godman, Pia Bastholm-Rahmner

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-30
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Health Planning and Management
Issue number1
Early online date20 Jun 2013
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015


  • organisational development
  • implementation
  • irrational pharmacotherapy
  • drug prescribing
  • information technology

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