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Evolution of the use of quetiapine

Duncan et al (2016) published a study in the BMJ Open, which evaluated trends in the prescribing of quetiapine to adults in the Canadian province of Alberta between 2008 and 2013.

Nurse prescribing: a global perspective

This study, published in the Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal, aimed to explore nurses' readiness to prescribe under supervision. It further sought to identify any association between the prescribing...

Preventing urinary tract infection and supporting patient catheterisation for mental health

A tool has been developed that requires a health professional to carry out the assessment (Lauridsen et al, 2022). A UTI risk factor model was used as the basis to inform the content included in the...

Medical royal colleges ‘receive millions from drug and medical devices companies’

Royal colleges in the UK have received more than £9 million in marketing payments from drug and medical devices companies since 2015, but do not always disclose the payments publicly, finds an...


A new study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology has aimed to provide post-hoc analyses of a clinical trial that reported beneficial effects of medication reviews on...

Statin prescribing practice

This article in the journal JAMA Cardiology presents the findings of a cluster randomised clinical trial involving 4131 patients from 28 primary care practices and 158 clinicians between October 2019...

Examining sustainable practice in prescribing

This article, published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, sought to identify the barriers to prescribing more environmentally friendly inhalers (Parker, 2023). One of the drivers for this article was...

Machine learning for precision treatment

Sotomi et al (2023) examine the use of machine learning to identify cohorts of a population that may benefit from specific medications. The team had previously established a machine learning-based...

Examining prescribing in children and adolescents

This cohort study, published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal, aimed to identify trends in antipsychotic drug prescribing to children and adolescents in England (Radojčić et al, 2023). This was driven...

For what ages should blood pressure medications be recommended?

The Blood Pressure Lowering Treatment Trialists' Collaboration (2021a) reported from their large-scale study that a 5 mmHg reduction of systolic blood pressure reduced the risk of major cardiovascular...

Dexamethasone as an adjunct to pain management following knee surgery

In the recently published study, Gasbjerg et al (2022) examined the effects of one and two doses of intravenous dexamethasone in patients post surgery..

Exercise and breathing in rehabilitating long COVID

In exploring what effective rehabilitation would look like, Cheng et al (2021) recommend a comprehensive programme encompassing the promotion of functional recovery, as they note that this has been...

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