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Title: Drug funding decision-making in hospital formulary committees in Germany
Author: Rübesam, Tim
ISNI:       0000 0004 5920 3697
Awarding Body: University of Gloucestershire
Current Institution: University of Gloucestershire
Date of Award: 2015
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BACKGROUND: Hospital formularies are usually the gatekeepers for pharmaceutical drugs. Typical majority members of hospital formularies are physicians, although most of the time the formulary is chaired by a pharmacist. As German hospitals are struggling with a difficult economic environment the question arises: what kind of decision-making criteria are applied when pharmaceutical drugs should be added to the formulary list? Information regarding this topic is scarce due to the sensitive topic of decision-making. OBJECTIVES: Build a single decision-making framework which will be created to explain hospital drug funding decision-making and identify underlying mechanisms which explain processes and structures. The results can be used by hospitals to initiate knowledge sharing and provide a basis to analyse local formulary committee decision-making practice. Additionally, they can be used by the pharmaceutical industry to better adapt to the specific needs of the hospital decision-makers. METHODS: In this study, a mixed-methods approach has been used to confirm and further detail a preliminary hospital formulary decision-making framework derived from literature. An online survey was used to get insights on the structure of German hospital formularies and the relative importance of different decision-criteria. Additional semi-structured expert interviews were used to get in-depth information on the underlying mechanisms which influence decision-making on drug funding. RESULTS: Decisions for or against a pharmaceutical drug are influenced by a variety of perceived objective and specifically subjective criteria. Despite a consistency in a dominant, high impact role of pharmacists and lead physicians every hospital formulary member has different relative weighting of decision criteria. Drug funding decision-making in German hospital formularies is highly individual but usually starts with a quasi-rational preference influenced by a mixture of analytic and intuitive criteria. The decision to use more analytic or more intuitive criteria is influenced by a variety of factors. The two most important ones are uncertainty and power. The resulting individual preference is then challenged and adapted in a group decision-making process.
Supervisor: Pioch, Elke ; Jain, Mohit Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.B.A.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology