Prescribers’ perspectives on including reason for use information on prescriptions and medication labels: a qualitative thematic analysis

@article{Whaley2021PrescribersPO,
  title={Prescribers’ perspectives on including reason for use information on prescriptions and medication labels: a qualitative thematic analysis},
  author={Colin RJ Whaley and Ashley Bancsi and Joanne Man-Wai Ho and Catherine M. Burns and Kelly Anne Grindrod},
  journal={BMC Health Services Research},
  year={2021},
  volume={21}
}
Background The indication for prescribing a particular medication, or its reason for use (RFU) is a crucial piece of information for all those involved in the circle of care. Research has shown that sharing RFU information with physicians, pharmacists and patients improves patient safety and patient adherence, however RFU is rarely added on prescriptions by prescribers or on medication labels for patients to reference. Methods Qualitative interviews were conducted with 20 prescribers in… 
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