Achieving optimal prescribing: What can physicians do?

Dr Sam Shortt offers direction and a call to action for physicians to achieve optimal prescribing patterns.

Some drugs are prescribed more frequently than is appropriate. Antibiotics, for example, are often prescribed for children with minor respiratory illnesses that are likely viral in origin. The underuse of clinically indicated medication is another type of suboptimal prescribing. Canadian studies have shown underuse of lipid-lowering agents, blood pressure drugs, medications for congestive heart failure, and prescriptions for post–myocardial infarction care. Finally, practitioners might make incorrect drug choices that might result in harm to patients.

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