Use of hospital prescribing data to monitor the implementationof clinical guidelines


  • R B Belgamwar Lyme Brook Mental Health Centre, Bradwell Hospital Site, Talke Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs ST5 7TL, UK.
  • R N Bloor University of Keele, Keele, UK
  • Martin Frischer Departmentof Medicine Management, University of Keele, Keele, UK


Prescription data, guidelines, parental thiamine, Wernicke encephalopathy


Aim:The aim of this study was to evaluate the use of the hospital prescription’s record in monitoring prescribing guidelines.Guidelines are also helpful in education and in improving professional standards. Method:The study evaluated the effects of the introduction of the new clinical guidelines on the number of prescriptions of parenteral thiamine (Pabrinex). The new guidelines recommended use of parental thiamine for the prevention and treatment of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, in the management of alcohol dependence syndrome. Results:Following implementation of the guidelines we noted 260% increase in the mean monthly Pabrinex prescriptions.Pharmacy prescription data can be used for alternative, cost-effective and reliable ways of monitoring prescribing guidelines in specific clinical condition.


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