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Prescribing patterns of dependency-forming medicines

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Published: December 2017

Aim

The aim of this project is to explore the prescribing patterns of specific dependency forming medicines by GPs.

The study was commissioned by the Public Health Research Consortium and is funded by the Department of Health.

The research will:

  • clarify the extent to which these medicines are being prescribed by GPs.
  • outline the characteristics of prescriptions, such as the type of medication, the condition prescribed for, the length and dose of prescription and how compliant the GP is with guidelines.
  • describe the demographic characteristics of the patients being prescribed to and examine whether there are differences in prescribing by age, gender, geographical location or social class.

Methods

We will analyse over 18 million medical records held within the Clinical Practice Research Datalink. This is an ongoing database of anonymised medical records from a selection of general practitioners in the UK.