alexa Hospital Doctors’ Views and Concerns about Pharmacovigilance
ISSN: 2329-6887

Journal of Pharmacovigilance
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Hospital Doctors’ Views and Concerns about Pharmacovigilance

Vallano A1,2*, Castañeda PF1, Quijada Manuitt MA1,2, Simon PC1, Pedrós C1, Quintana B1, Esterlich E1, Arnau JM1,2
1Clinical Pharmacology Service, Bellvitge University Hospital, IDIBELL, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, 08907 Barcelona, Spain
2Department of Pathology and Experimental Therapeutics, University of Barcelona, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, 08907 Barcelona, Spain
Corresponding Author : Antonio Vallano Ferraz
Clinical Pharmacology Service
Bellvitge University Hospital
Feixa Llarga s/n, 008907
L’Hospitalet de Llobregat
Tel : 93 260 7221
E-mail: [email protected]
Received February 24, 2015; Accepted March 17, 2015; Published March 23, 2015
Citation: Vallano A, Castañeda PF, Quijada Manuitt MA, Simon PC, Pedrós C, et al. (2015) Hospital Doctors’ Views and Concerns about Pharmacovigilance. J Pharmacovigilance 3:160. doi: 10.4172/2329-6887.1000160
Copyright: © 2015 Vallano A, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Abstract

Purpose: The aim of the study was to evaluate the opinions and concerns of hospital doctors about adverse drug reactions (ADRs) and pharmacovigilance. Methods: A qualitative study was undertaken using focus groups in sessions on pharmacovigilance activities conducted in thirteen clinical services of a tertiary university hospital. A total of 296 physicians participated in these sessions by giving their opinions or expressing their doubts about ADR and pharmacovigilance activities which were recorded by different observers and subsequently analysed. Results: Doctors remarked on: a) the importance, concern, frequency and specific types of ADRs that were observed in clinical practice; b) problems of clinical decision making related to the suspected ADRs; c) methods for improving detection and reporting ADRs; d) monitoring of specific ADRs or ADRs caused by specific drugs; e) and measures to prevent and minimize the risk of ADRs. Physicians expressed doubts related to: a) the basic concepts of ADRs; b) the methods of ADR identification and evaluation; c) the objectives and procedures of pharmacovigilance programmes; d) and the impact of pharmacovigilance activities. Conclusions: Hospital doctors believe that ADRs are a matter for concern in their daily clinical practice, and monitoring ADRs as well as measures for preventing the risk of ADRs are needed. Nevertheless, doctors have doubts about what an ADR is, the accuracy of diagnostic methods, the development of pharmacovigilance activities and their impact on clinical practice. Pharmacovigilance should be better explained through a continuous feedback and close relationship with hospital doctors.

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