- Todos > Medicine Information and Evidence for Policy > Medicines Policy
- Todos > Medicine Access and Rational Use > Rational Use
- Palabras clave > concepts and definitions
- Palabras clave > general practice
- Palabras clave > general practitioner - role and functions
- Palabras clave > medical practice
- Palabras clave > physicians
- Palabras clave > prescribers
- Palabras clave > prescribing
- Palabras clave > prescribing practices
- Palabras clave > prescription patterns
- Palabras clave > médicos
(1985; 50 pages)
General practitioners are of paramount importance as prescribers throughout the world. Drugs are largely developed, studied and controlled by others, but in the great majority of cases is it a general practitioner who prescribes them to a patient. For the reason he carries much of the ultimate responsibility for the manner in which the patient uses the drugs, and is partly responsible for their ultimate effects, desired or undesired.
Since the increasing cost of health care makes it vital it should be meaningful, efficient and economical, the general practitioner is today inevitably concerned with the cost-effectiveness of his way of working, and this must include a critical approach to the benefits, costs and risks of his own prescribing practices...