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Author Price, D. ♦ Cooke, J. ♦ Singleton, S. ♦ Feely, M.
Source British Medical Journal (The BMJ)
Content type Text
Publisher British Medical Journal Publishing Group
File Format HTM / HTML
Language English
Abstract We studied the accuracy of both hospital and general practitioners' records of current drug treatment in consecutive patients who attended a general medical review clinic. Either the hospital or the general practitioner's records (obtained in a questionnaire), or both, were inaccurate for over 70% of 59 patients interviewed with their medicine. Most of the errors were due to patients taking drugs in addition to those shown in their records. Some of these were inappropriate, and many seemed unnecessary. It appears that neither hospital doctors nor general practitioners are fully aware which drugs their patients are taking, and this may contribute to overprescribing. We believe that considerable financial savings might be made if patients brought all their medicines to every consultation.
Description Citation Reference: British Medical Journal (Clinical Research Ed.)
ISSN 02670623
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1986-01-11
e-ISSN 14685833
Journal British Medical Journal (The BMJ)
Volume Number 292
Issue Number 6513
Page Count 2
Starting Page 99
Ending Page 100

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Source: British Medical Journal (The BMJ)