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J Cancer Educ. 2000 Winter;15(4):214-7.

The effects of a postgraduate course on opioid-prescribing patterns of general practitioners.

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Comprehensive Cancer Center North Netherlands, Groningen.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The objective of this study is to evaluate whether a single palliative cancer care workshop, which included information about drug prescribing, had an effect on the opioid-prescription patterns of general practitioners in daily practice.

METHOD:

The opioid-prescription figures of 68 general practitioners who had participated in the workshop were aggregated from the computer system of the Regional Sick Fund. The prescription figures of a year before and a year after the workshop were compared and a control group of non-participants was included.

RESULTS:

This study showed a limited efficacy of a palliative cancer care workshop on the morphine-prescription figures of the general practitioners in daily practice. This limited effect did not accord with the results of a pre- and post-workshop questionnaire evaluating the attitudes of the same practitioners.

CONCLUSION:

A single workshop can not effectuate substantial changes in prescription behaviors. Possibilities for more reinforcements are discussed.

PMID:
11199238
DOI:
10.1080/08858190009528700
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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