Guide to Good Prescribing - A Practical Manual
(1994; 115 pages) [French] [Spanish] View the PDF document
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View the documentAcknowledgments
View the documentWhy you need this book
Open this folder and view contentsPart 1: Overview
Open this folder and view contentsPart 2: Selecting your P(ersonal) drugs
Open this folder and view contentsPart 3: Treating your patients
Close this folderPart 4: Keeping up-to-date
Close this folderChapter 12. How to keep up-to-date about drugs
View the documentMake an inventory of available sources of information
View the documentChoose between sources of information
View the documentEfficient reading
View the documentConclusion
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Choose between sources of information

The advantages and disadvantages of various drug information sources have been outlined. Possible information sources will vary according to country and your own personal situation. Your job is now to decide how best to keep up-to-date, by making a list of all the possible resources to which you have access. Try to find at least one each of the following: (1) medical journals; (2) drug bulletins; (3) pharmacology or clinical reference books; (4) therapeutic committees or consultants or a postgraduate training course.

Although your primary source of prescribing information in your daily clinical work should be your personal formulary, you will sometimes face a difficult problem, which calls for an additional source of information. This could be a pharmacology or clinical reference book, a drug bulletin, consultants (pharmacist, specialist, colleagues), a drug compendium or a formulary.

The limitations of commercial information have been clearly described. If you decide, nevertheless, that it has a role to play, follow the ground rules already outlined. But do not use commercial information in isolation from other more objective sources.

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