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GPs should use “premier” information sources when prescribing

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39059.512269.DB (Published 14 December 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1239
  1. Michael Day
  1. 1London

    GPs should not use internet search engines, such as Google or Medline, when seeking advice on what to prescribe, say senior NHS officials.

    Instead they should stick to “premier” information sources, such as the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), the Cochrane Collaboration, or national service frameworks.

    Experts from the National Prescribing Centre told this week's annual NICE conference that this would eliminate waste and improve patient care.

    “Most start at Medline, when we should be starting with the most useful sources that have been sifted for usefulness,” said the centre's medical director, Neal Maskrey. …

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