Appropriate prescribing of medications: An eight-step approach

Madelyn Pollock, Oralia V Bazaldua, Alison E. Dobbie

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A systematic approach advocated by the World Health Organization can help minimize poorquality and erroneous prescribing. This six-step approach to prescribing suggests that the physician should (1) evaluate and clearly define the patient's problem; (2) specify the therapeutic objective; (3) select the appropriate drug therapy; (4) initiate therapy with appropriate details and consider nonpharmacologic therapies; (5) give information, instructions, and warnings; and (6) evaluate therapy regularly (e.g., monitor treatment results, consider discontinuation of the drug). The authors add two additional steps: (7) consider drug cost when prescribing; and (8) use computers and other tools to reduce prescribing errors. These eight steps, along with ongoing self-directed learning, compose a systematic approach to prescribing that is efficient and practical for the family physician. Using prescribing software and having access to electronic drug references on a desktop or handheld computer can also improve the legibility and accuracy of prescriptions and help physicians avoid errors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-236
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Family Physician
Volume75
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 15 2007

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Handheld Computers
Physicians
Therapeutics
Drug Costs
Family Physicians
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Prescriptions
Software
Learning
Drug Therapy

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Pollock, M., Bazaldua, O. V., & Dobbie, A. E. (2007). Appropriate prescribing of medications: An eight-step approach. American Family Physician, 75(2), 231-236.

Appropriate prescribing of medications : An eight-step approach. / Pollock, Madelyn; Bazaldua, Oralia V; Dobbie, Alison E.

In: American Family Physician, Vol. 75, No. 2, 15.01.2007, p. 231-236.

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Pollock, M, Bazaldua, OV & Dobbie, AE 2007, 'Appropriate prescribing of medications: An eight-step approach', American Family Physician, vol. 75, no. 2, pp. 231-236.
Pollock M, Bazaldua OV, Dobbie AE. Appropriate prescribing of medications: An eight-step approach. American Family Physician. 2007 Jan 15;75(2):231-236.
Pollock, Madelyn ; Bazaldua, Oralia V ; Dobbie, Alison E. / Appropriate prescribing of medications : An eight-step approach. In: American Family Physician. 2007 ; Vol. 75, No. 2. pp. 231-236.
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