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GPs’ uptake of new prescribing guidance varies widely

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 03 October 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l5839

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Variation in responsiveness to warranted behaviour change among NHS clinicians

  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

General practices vary considerably in how quickly they adopt new prescribing guidance, an analysis of over 8000 practices has shown.1

Researchers from the University of Oxford set out to determine how clinicians varied in their response to new treatment guidance, using two examples and monitoring the change over five years.

They found that practices varied drastically in how quickly they started making changes and how swift the changes were. The authors said that these delays exposed the health system to “substantial …

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