Testing of PRODIGY continues

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7133.776 (Published 07 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:776
  1. Ian Purves, Head,
  2. Gary Nestor, Research manager,
  3. Katherine Williams, PRODIGY communications coordinator
  1. Sowerby Centre for Health Informatics at Newcastle, University of Newcastle, Primary Care Development Centre, Newcastle General Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 6BE

    EDITOR—Walton et al correctly state that “both CAPSULE and PRODIGY [computer support systems for prescribing] represent attempts to bring the benefits of computer support … into primary care” and highlight the lack of relevant research at the primary level.1 Their paper provides evidence that computers influence prescribing in general practice, with the potential economic benefits identified by the Audit Commission. Analysis of the cost effectiveness of prescribing interventions needs, however, to be presented within a wider assessment of overall healthcare costs, and the notions …

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