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Reviewing SSRI use in older patients

This audit helps health professionals in primary care identify...

October 2019

Peer group discussion: SSRI prescribing in primary care

The following questions can be used as discussion points for...

October 2019

General Practice papers at the University of Otago

Three new distance taught GENA papers are now available for...

October 2019

Somatisation: demystifying the “ghost in the machine”

Somatisation is a maladaptive functioning of an organ system,...

October 2019

Carbon monoxide poisoning: a hidden danger

Carbon monoxide is an odourless, colourless and tasteless gas....

October 2019

Depression or distress? Examining SSRI prescribing in primary care

Differentiating short-term psychological distress from depression...

October 2019

Motivational interviewing in primary care

Motivational Interviewing is a way of building and strengthening...

September 2019

The nocebo effect: what is it, why is it important and how can it be reduced?

The nocebo effect describes adverse symptoms induced independently...

August 2019

The funded brand of lamotrigine is changing

Changes in funded brands of antiepileptic medicines can lead...

August 2019

Navigating uncertainty: managing respiratory tract infections

With winter upon us, it is timely to reflect on antibiotic prescribing...

August 2019

Prescribing report: A pharmacological profile of patients with type 2 diabetes

This report provides an overview of the clinical characteristics...

August 2019

National report: A pharmacological profile of patients with type 2 diabetes

This report provides an overview of the clinical characteristics...

August 2019

Clinical Audit: Monitoring renal function in patients with diabetes

This audit identifies patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes...

July 2019

Diabetes theme: Knowing your patients with type 1 diabetes

The following question can be used as discussion points for...

July 2019

Antiarrhythmic medicine brand changes: flecainide and amiodarone

Patients taking oral flecainide or amiodarone need to know that...

July 2019

Knowing your patient with type 1 diabetes: the transition to self-management

Living with type 1 diabetes is challenging, particularly as...

July 2019

Clinical Audit: Safe and Effective Use of Warfarin

Warfarin is a medicine frequently associated with adverse drug...

July 2019

Clinical Audit: Sexual health checks in younger males

Increasing the uptake of opportunistic testing is essential...

July 2019

Clinical Audit - Encouraging Smoking Cessation

Smoking rates have been steadily declining in New Zealand for...

July 2019

Understanding the role of insulin in the management of type 1 diabetes

Insulin treatment is an essential component of type 1 diabetes...

July 2019

Sexual health theme: What’s new in contraception?

The following questions can be used as discussion points for...

June 2019

Slowing progression of renal dysfunction in patients with diabetes

Diabetic kidney disease (DKD) is the leading cause of end-stage...

June 2019

Dialling back treatment intensity for older people with type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes management in older people can be complex due...

May 2019

Weight loss: the options and the evidence

The benefits of intentional weight loss in people who are overweight...

May 2019

Optimising pharmacological management of HbA1c levels in patients with type 2 diabetes: from metformin to insulin

A variety of subsidised medicines are available to help manage...

May 2019

Emerging issues in the management of chlamydia and gonorrhoea

New evidence suggests that a seven-day course of doxycycline...

April 2019

Mycoplasma genitalium: considerations for testing and treatment in primary care

Mycoplasma genitalium infection is a potential cause of urethritis...

April 2019

Syphilis rates continue to rise

New Zealand is in the midst of a syphilis epidemic. Men who...

April 2019

HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP): a how-to guide

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis...

April 2019

HPV vaccination: getting the programme back on track

Vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) infection provides...

March 2019

Prescribing report: Proton pump inhibitor prescribing in primary care

This report provides prescribers with data about the patients...

March 2019

Older people’s health theme: Frailty and deprescribing

The following questions can be used as discussion points for...

March 2019

Advice on measles vaccination from the Ministry of Health 14/3/19

Canterbury DHB are undertaking a MMR vaccination campaign in...

March 2019

Contraception: which option for which patient?

Prescribing contraception is a core part of primary care practice....

March 2019

Condoms: advising on the options

Condoms are the only form of contraception that protects against...

March 2019

Oral contraceptives: selecting a pill

Oral contraceptive pills are a safe and effective contraceptive...

March 2019

Depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) injections: an intermediate option

Depot medroxyprogesterone acetate injections are a form of hormonal...

March 2019

Long-acting contraceptives: implants and IUDs

Long-acting contraceptives include progestogen (levonorgestrel)...

March 2019

Managing constipation in older people

Constipation is common in older people due to factors such as...

February 2019

Prescribing for a trial period: when and how?

When initiating or changing the dose of a medicine, simple changes...

February 2019

Hepatitis C management in primary care has changed

A new direct-acting antiviral (DAA) oral regimen for the treatment...

January 2019

Testing for hepatitis C virus (HCV) in patients at high risk of infection

Hepatitis C infection occurs through exposure to infected blood...

January 2019

Pre-treatment assessment for patients with chronic HCV infection

Patients should be assessed for cirrhosis via clinical examination,...

January 2019

Management and follow-up of patients prescribed glecaprevir + pibrentasvir

Glecaprevir + pibrentasvir is taken once daily for eight weeks....

January 2019

Hepatitis C is now curable:
contributed by Dr Tony Farrell

Dr Tony Farrell is a general practitioner in Mount Maunganui...

January 2019

Bisphosphonates: addressing the duration conundrum

Bisphosphonates accumulate within bone tissue where they help...

January 2019

Stopping proton pump inhibitors in older people

Over one-third of people aged 65 years and older in New Zealand...

January 2019

Clinical Audit: Identifying patients who may benefit from “stepping down” PPI treatment

This audit identifies patients who are prescribed the proton...

January 2019

Managing patients taking anticoagulants and antiplatelets prior to minor procedures and surgery

December 2018

2018 Annual Prescribing Report

This report provides you with an opportunity to reflect on your...

December 2018

Substance use disorder theme: Unintentional misuse of prescription medicines - Peer Group Discussion for Pharmacists

The following questions can be used as discussion points for...

December 2018

Substance use disorder theme: Unintentional misuse of prescription medicines - Peer Group Discussion for Prescribers

The following questions can be used as discussion points for...

December 2018

Stopping medicines in older people: the flip side of the prescribing equation

Older people are generally prescribed more medicines than younger...

December 2018

Frailty in older people: a discussion

The concept of frailty identifies vulnerable people who have...

November 2018

Cardiovascular disease risk assessment in primary care: the role of aspirin

In February 2018, the Ministry of Health released the Cardiovascular...

November 2018

Assessment and management of alcohol misuse by primary care

Recent evidence shows that levels of alcohol consumption that...

November 2018

Addressing methamphetamine use in primary care

Methamphetamine, commonly referred to in New Zealand as “meth”...

November 2018

Cardiovascular disease risk assessment in primary care: managing lipids

The Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment and Management for...

October 2018

Understanding the role of opioids in chronic non-malignant pain

There is no evidence that opioids such as tramadol are effective...

October 2018

Unintentional misuse of prescription medicines

There is a significant issue in the community with people taking...

October 2018

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