Journal article

How do general practitioners access guidelines and utilise electronic medical records to make clinical decisions on antibiotic use? Results from an Australian qualitative study

Ruby Biezen, Cassandra Roberts, Kirsty Buising, Karin Thursky, Douglas Boyle, Phyllis Lau, Malcolm Clark, Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis

BMJ Open | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2019

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to explore how general practitioners (GPs) access and use both guidelines and electronic medical records (EMRs) to assist in clinical decision-making when prescribing antibiotics in Australia. DESIGN: This is an exploratory qualitative study with thematic analysis interpreted using the Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) framework. SETTING: This study was conducted in general practice in Victoria, Australia. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty-six GPs from five general practices were recruited to participate in five focus groups between February and April 2018. RESULTS: GPs expressed that current EMR systems do not provide clinical decision support to assist with antibiotic prescr..

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Grants

Awarded by Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) grant number TGL 17 565484.