Drug-prescribing patterns in the elderly — A general practice study

  • G. K. Freeman


Most surveys of primary care prescribing have examined prescriptions without reference to the clinical situation. This is because prescription forms (EC10/FP10) have been examined after dispensing by the retail pharmacist. This includes the notable work of Parish and his colleagues (Parish et al 1976). Our data are practice-based and linked to the relevant clinical information within our computerised record system CLINICS (Clark, 1977). Skegg and his colleagues have shown (Skegg, Doll and Perry, 1977) that psychotropic drug prescribing rises sharply with age.In this survey I briefly review our total prescribing for patients aged over 65 years and give some examples linking our psychotropic prescribing for the elderly to the relevant clinical indication.


Psychotropic Drug Specialist Referral Prescription Form Consultant Opinion Repeat Prescription 
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© J. Crooks and I. H. Stevenson 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. K. Freeman
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  1. 1.Primary Medical Care, University of Southampton Medical SchoolAldermoor Health CentreSouthamptonUK

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