More trials from general practice are needed

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.6997.126c (Published 08 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:126
  1. Dennis M Tracey
  1. Consultant in public health medicine Highland Health Board, Inverness IV2 3HG

    EDITOR,--As the medical prescribing adviser to Highland Health Board, I have a responsibility to encourage cost effective prescribing. Nick Freemantle and colleagues rightly emphasise the need for adequate data from good trials, but they miss one major point. Much of the 85% of prescribing that takes place in general practice is necessarily based on a presumptive diagnosis …

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