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Content analysis of clinical questions from Australian general practice which are prioritised for answering: identifying common question types and perceived knowledge gaps
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    • Felicity Prior, Medicines Information pharmacist Calvary Mater Newcastle hospital

    Muscat et al1 report on their evidence-based information or ‘literature searching’ service supporting clinicians to answer their clinical questions. They found that treatment-related enquiries were one of the most common categories of clinical questions from a group of General Practitioners (GPs) from five practices in NSW and QLD, Australia. Medications are included in the classification systems used by the group. In particular the taxonomy of generic clinical questions includes at least seven codes specifically incorporating drug-related issues such as timing (code 2.1.1.3), indications (code 2.1.2.1* and 2.1.2.2), safety (code 2.1.3.3), adverse drug reactions (codes 2.1.3.1 and 2.1.3.2) and drug interactions (code 2.1.4.1).
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