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Research Article

Evaluation of a computer assisted repeat prescribing programme in a general practice.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985; 291 doi: (Published 17 August 1985) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985;291:456
  1. M O Roland,
  2. L I Zander,
  3. M Evans,
  4. R Morris,
  5. R A Savage


    After introducing a computer assisted repeat prescribing programme into a south London practice improvements were made in several aspects of practice organisation. Time was saved by doctors and receptionists; prescriptions were produced more rapidly; information in the records about drugs that were available for repeat prescription was improved; and queries from chemists about prescriptions were reduced. The costs of the system in terms of computer operator time were estimated. Computerising prescribing data provides a source of data that may be used to enable doctors to audit their own prescribing.