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Annual Pharmaceutical & Laboratory Report 2009

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Dear Colleague

Welcome to your 2009 bpacnz sample annual report. You are receiving this report to keep you up-to-date with the messages bpacnz is promoting to primary care. This report provides GPs with an overview of their patterns of prescribing and testing and how they compare to their peers. We have produced this report to encourage them to reflect on the way they use pharmaceuticals and laboratory tests. The information here may be useful for identifying learning opportunities, informing peer group discussions and selecting areas to audit and target for improvement.

The report is made up of four sections:

  • Section 1 provides an overview of prescribing and testing along with peer comparisons.
  • Section 2 contains some examples of review exercises demonstrating how the data in this report can used.
  • Section 3 provides an overview of the age and ethnicity of a sample practice and how it compares to national data. This may be helpful when reviewing prescribing and testing patterns.
  • Section 4 reports on prescribing and testing rates for a sample practice by deprivation and ethnicity. While prescribing rates appear largely unaffected by deprivation, there remains significant disparities in prescribing and testing rates by ethnicity.

Appendices 1 and 2 provide comprehensive listings of the number of prescriptions dispensed and laboratory tests requested by a GP and their peers nationally over the 12 month time period April 2008 - March 2009.

Following feedback from previous years, this report differs in its presentation of data by presenting number of prescriptions rather than number of items. This better reflects a GPs day-to-day practice and how GPs consider their prescribing behaviour.

Additional information is available from www.bpac.org.nz. Follow the "annual report" link from the home page where you will find a range of articles and references to support the review exercises in section 2.

As always, we welcome any feedback on this report and suggested improvements for the future.

Regards

The bpacnz team

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