Prescribing patient information leaflets may be better than prescribing drugs

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7150.80b (Published 04 July 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:80
  1. T Kenny, General practitioner.*,
  2. R Wilson, Research associate.*,
  3. I N Purves, Head of centre.*
  1. Sowerby Centre for Health Informatics at Newcastle, Newcastle University, Primary Care Development Centre, Newcastle General Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 6BE
  1. *The authors are part of the PRODIGY team. TK is also editor of PILS, a widely used database of patient leaflets.

    EDITOR—Greenhalgh and Gill highlight the “disparate factors on the decision to prescribe,” but they offer little advice in terms of strategies to resist the pressure to prescribe.1 They describe a study in which 22% of prescriptions were thought to be not strictly indicated by the prescribing general practitioner.2 Giving an information leaflet on some of these …

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