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News: Do Doctors Understand the Individualisation of Treatments?

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Do Doctors Understand the Individualisation of Treatments? 

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Do Doctors Understand the Individualisation of Treatments? 

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The individualisation of drug treatments to support patients to self-manage their conditions is a concept that sits at the heart of policy, but a recent study published in BMJ Open shows that there is no concrete definition of the term and consequently no cohesive understanding of what it means in practice among prescribing doctors. The surveyed doctors frequently discussed individualisation in terms of drug treatment decisions, that is, to meet medical needs by reducing the effect of side-effects and other issues. Few of the doctors spoke of making such decisions in relation to a patient’s personal preference, or in terms of supporting those patients to individualise their own treatments after the consultation. The authors of the study, from the University of Exeter Medical School supported by the NIHR CLAHRC for the South West Peninsula, believe that doctors need a defined interpretation of individualisation so they can support patients to achieve any modification safely and with the minimum of adverse effect.

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http://clahrc-peninsula.nihr.ac.uk/news-events/latest-news.php 

News Date

24/05/2013 

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24/06/2013 

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Created at 24/05/2013 14:33  by Leonilde Yahyaoui 
Last modified at 24/05/2013 14:33  by Leonilde Yahyaoui