Journal article

A methodological protocol for selecting and quantifying low-value prescribing practices in routinely collected data: an Australian case study

Jonathan Brett, Adam G Elshaug, R Sacha Bhatia, Kelsey Chalmers, Tim Badgery-Parker, Sallie-Anne Pearson

Implementation Science | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2017


BACKGROUND: Growing imperatives for safety, quality and responsible resource allocation have prompted renewed efforts to identify and quantify harmful or wasteful (low-value) medical practices such as test ordering, procedures and prescribing. Quantifying these practices at a population level using routinely collected health data allows us to understand the scale of low-value medical practices, measure practice change following specific interventions and prioritise policy decisions. To date, almost all research examining health care through the low-value lens has focused on medical services (tests and procedures) rather than on prescribing. The protocol described herein outlines a program of..

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Awarded by NHMRC Project Grant

Awarded by NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Medicines and Ageing

Awarded by NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship

Funding Acknowledgements

This work is supported by an NHMRC Project Grant (APPID:1109626), the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Medicines and Ageing (APPID: 1060407), an NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship (APPID: 1094304). AGE receives salary support as the HCF Research Foundation principal research fellow and holds a grant from the Commonwealth Fund. KC and TBP receive salary support via a doctoral scholarship from the Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre-Health Market Quality Program.