The importance of clinical psychopharmacological knowledge for modern psychiatric care is both well-established and underdeveloped. Although psychiatric pharmacists are identified as experts in psychopharmacotherapy based on pharmacists’ overall expertise in pharmacotherapy, in real-life health settings, such is not necessarily the case. As a matter of fact, (1) pharmacists’ real expertise in pharmacotherapy is mainly seen as useful to patients (as part of therapeutic education), (2) pharmacists’ practice methods are usually circumscribed to the framework of quality processes (e.g. comprehensive medication management) which are not particularly useful to clinicians who have a greater need for pharmacotherapeutic skills, (3) the difficulties in terms of collaboration between pharmacists and physicians are well-known. We describe here the implementation of an alternative system of pharmacotherapy counselling inspired by case by cases in which the remote expertise of pharmacists in psychopharmacology guided prescribers towards the implementation of recommendations from the literature. This shared decision-making process integrates both the clinical elements provided by the psychiatrist and the pharmacotherapeutic information provided by the clinical psychopharmacist, to promote evidence-based medicine (algorithmic data in recommendations) and tailor-made solutions (drug-drug and drug-disease interactions) for patients. In our experience, the success of such an initiative is likely to promote the development of clinical psychopharmacology in psychiatric settings. Importantly, within this framework, the pharmacovigilance unit and psychopharmacologist are useful resources to guide the decision-making process of the pharmacist-psychiatrist duo.Le texte complet de cet article est disponible en PDF.
Keywords : Psychopharmacology expertise, Psychiatric clinical pharmacist, Pharmacist-psychiatrist collaboration, Shared decision-making