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Good prescribing: benefits, hazards, harms, and risks

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i537 (Published 12 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i537
  1. Jeff Aronson,
  2. clinical pharmacologist
  1. Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  1. jeffrey.aronson{at}phc.ox.ac.uk

The National Prescribing Centre, now part of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, published A Single Competency Framework for all Prescribers in 2012. A draft of the revised version should appear on the website of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society later this year (see www.rpharms.com/what-s-happening-/news_show.asp?id=2666), and all prescribers should read it when it appears and offer comments.

So are you a good prescriber? Well, it helps if you understand what the relevant words mean.

The framework emphasises the importance of assessing …

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