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Rational prescribing

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Rational prescribing is about:

  • the therapeutic aims of prescribing
  • the tactical reasons for prescribing
  • the evidence that the drug prescribed is likely to improve the natural history of the disease
  • comparative effectiveness, risks and cost of drugs
  • contraindications
  • optimal dose and duration of treatment
  • understanding the relevant pharmacology
  • compliance
  • supervision

ref: Clinical Method: A general practice approach, Chapter 4 - Patient management by Brian McAvoy, ed Robin C Fraser 2e 1992 Butterworth Heinemann

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