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Good prescribing: benefits, hazards, harms, and risks

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (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}

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, 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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