Research Article

Repeat prescriptions: was Balint right?

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984; 289 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.289.6457.1506 (Published 01 December 1984) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984;289:1506
  1. P M Tombleson

    Abstract

    The results of a study of repeat prescriptions in a semi-rural general practice of 2715 patients showed that 97 people had not attended for review of their drug treatment for over 12 months. Nearly 60 patients seemed to elude contact; the motivation for this behaviour was divided between pride and fear. A psychological study showed pronounced phobic features in the group that was most closely aligned to the patients having repeat prescriptions described by the Balint group.