Journal article

Personal formularies - An index of prescribing quality?

J Robertson, JL Fryer, DL O'Connell, AJ Smith, DA Henry

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY | SPRINGER HEIDELBERG | Published : 2001

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: (1) To determine the extent to which Australian general practitioners (GPs) restrict the numbers of agents they prescribe within a drug class ('personal formularies'); (2) To assess concordance of these drug choices with standards based on established guidelines or recognised good prescribing practices; (3) To assess the potential of these measures as indicators of the quality of prescribing. METHODS: Australian Health Insurance Commission (HIC) prescription data (1994 1997) for around 15,400 GPs providing 1500 or more Medicare services per year were analysed. Measures of an individual GP's use of a personal formulary (determined by number of agents) and concordance with prescrib..

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