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Cvetka Bačar Bole, Mitja Pišlar, Metka Šen, Rok Tavčar and Aleš Mrhar

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The study aims to identify prescribing and switching patterns of antipsychotics in clinical practice. A 16-month, prospective study was conducted at the Psychiatric Hospital Idrija, Slovenia. Inpatients (N = 311) with schizophrenia spectrum disorders were observed. The causes for switching antipsychotics and switching strategies were analyzed. Analyzing a total of 3954 prescriptions, the collected data confirmed that treatment strategies in this psychiatric hospital are very complex. It was found that 37 percent of inpatients had at least one switch. Moreover, switches that included three or more antipsychotics were detected. The most common causes for switching antipsychotics were adverse reactions and inefficacy or lack of efficacy. Among switching options, abrupt switch was recorded several times. As some patients are receiving several antipsychotics at the same time, it is possible that unusual switching occurs in clinical practice. It seems that the choice of switching strategy is also affected by the cause and urgency for switching an antipsychotic.

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Andreja Čufar, Igor Locatelli and Aleš Mrhar

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It is essential to identify the expectations of physicians and nurses regarding clinical pharmacy (CP) services before its introduction in a hospital, because it is known that their expectations can substantially differ from the pharmacists’ point of view. Agreement of leading physicians, nurses and clinical pharmacists about the importance of CP activities in the hospital was evaluated using five point Likert scale questionnaire. Two groups of CP activities were set; the activities related to the hospital system (first group) and the activities connected with an individual patient (second group). Total mean score of agreement of physicians with the first and second group of CP activities is 4.28 and 3.73, respectively, while these scores are lower for nurses (3.87 and 3.38 for the first and second group, respectively). Pharmacists’ total mean scores are highest, 4.57 and 4.23 for the first and second group, respectively.