The medic's guide to prescribing Effective prescribing
How often have you thought about the importance of and the processes involved in choosing the most effective drug for your patient? Claire Meager and Philip A Routledge help you find out
When it comes to choosing the most appropriate drugs for our patients, there unfortunately isn't a concept of a must have drug or indeed a one size fits all regimen of treatment. Instead, each decision about treatment is made according to a number of different factors, such as proved efficacy, cost effectiveness, and patients' preferences. Together these constitute the idea of rational prescribing. (This concept was introduced in article one of this series.) This article explains which drugs we should be giving to our patients, focusing on fundamental concepts while also giving a few specific examples.
In a perfect world patients would not need any drugs, and one stop treatments would be the answer. This is often the