The influence of paid opinion leaders on the prescribing of antidepressants in the UK

A former NHS psychiatrist has submitted two rapid responses to the BMJ (British Medical Journal) in relation to  this published letter : Reversing the rate of antidepressant prescribing. The first response begins: “I see that there have been a number of responses to this letter: Reversing the rate…
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Should we, can we, halt the rise in prescribing for pain and distress?

“Prescribers may want to move towards a ‘selective-use protocol’ based on individualised trial of medication and change depending on immediate and short-term response, 5  rather than the indiscriminate current ‘offer to all with a diagnosis’ method of practice.” Written by Prof….
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A role for psychologists on prescription? [Part II]

Following on from  A role for psychologists on prescription?  … The British Psychological Society (BPS) is seeking further discussion regarding possible benefits for patients if psychologists are given the option to prescribe medication. Their new discussion document, Prescribing rights for Psychologists, is the result of a…
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A role for psychologists on prescription?

Dr Rebecca Courtney-Walker, writes in The Psychologist (March 2019 issue): “In 2016, the British Psychological Society was approached by NHS England to consider if there was a need for the further extension of prescribing and medicines supply mechanisms to include psychologists. A…
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