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Computer aided prescribing: Decision support needs to be evidence based

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 24 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1566
  1. Siaw-Teng Liaw (, professor1,
  2. Stephen Kerr, decision support officer2
  1. 1Department of Rural Health, University of Melbourne, Graham Street, Shepparton, VIC 3630, Australia
  2. 2National Prescribing Service, Australia, Level 7, 418A Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010, Australia

    EDITOR—The deficiencies of existing computerised prescribing decision support systems in the United Kingdom described by Fernado et al and Ferner are mirrored in Australia.1 2 Focus groups conducted by the Australian national prescribing service highlighted concerns that prescribing decision support prompts may not be evidence based or comprehensive.3

    Subsequently, four prescribing packages were analysed, …

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