The cost of prescribed medication is an increasing burden on health care systems.
British general practitioners have been encouraged to reduce their prescribing costs through financial incentives within the fundholding scheme.
This study reports on one general practice which reduced prescribing expenditure as part of the move to fundholding.
Interviews performed with practice staff and patients were analysed and combined with prescribing statistics and questionnaire data to give a picture of the balance between the experience of patients and practitioners.
Fifty-three interviews with 17 patients revealed that most were willing to try cheaper treatments and that dissatisfaction was primarily with the communication they received rather than the change itself.
Each patient had to decide how to respond to the change in their medication.
The decision-making process and the main factors involved are described and discussed.
The experience of having long-standing treatment changed can have an impact on the doctor-patient relationship.
This was not found to be a large problem and, it is suggested, can be guarded against.
Large-scale economies in prescribing are feasible for some practices, and patients will tolerate such changes if attention is paid to sensitive communication.
Mots-clés Pascal : Prescription médicale, Coût, Changement, Malade, Comportement, Relation médecin malade, Interaction sociale, Economie santé, Communication, Evaluation, Homme, Entretien, Enquête, Ecosse, Grande Bretagne, Royaume Uni, Europe
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Medical prescription, Costs, Change, Patient, Behavior, Physician patient relation, Social interaction, Health economy, Communication, Evaluation, Human, Interview, Survey, Scotland, Great Britain, United Kingdom, Europe
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0055997
Code Inist : 002B30A01C. Création : 21/05/1997.