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Computerised prescribing: assessing the impact on prescription repeats and on generic substitution of some commonly used antibiotics

Joan V Henderson, Christopher M Harrison and Helena C Britt
Med J Aust 2010; 192 (9): 543-544.
Published online: 3 May 2010

To the Editor: Newby and Robertson’s study of the effect of computerised prescribing on the frequency of repeat prescriptions for antibiotics is important in highlighting unnecessary repeat prescribing.1 However, their work has highlighted another issue — researchers’ growing habit of using the prescription of selected antibiotics to infer indication, and then to measure appropriateness of care.

  • Joan V Henderson
  • Christopher M Harrison
  • Helena C Britt

  • Family Medicine Research Centre, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: joanh@med.usyd.edu.au

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