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J R Soc Med. 1980 December; 73(12): 857–862.
PMCID: PMC1438219

Usage of information sources by general practitioners1

Abstract

Questionnaires were sent to approximately 500 general practioners in five areas of one National Health Service Region; there was a 52% response. Certain characteristics of each general practitioner, which were collected from the questionnaire and medical lists, were used to assess how information was used by different `types' of general practitioner. Generally, sources of information emanating from the pharmaceutical industry are used more to introduce the new product, while the `professional' sources such as medical journals are used more to evaluate it. Younger doctors used Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin more than did their colleagues, and single-practice doctors found the representative to be more useful than did joint-practice doctors.

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  • WILSON CW, BANKS JA, MAPES RE, KORTE SM. INFLUENCE OF DIFFERENT SOURCES OF THERAPEUTIC INFORMATION ON PRESCRIBING BY GENERAL PRACTITIONERS. Br Med J. 1963 Sep 7;2(5357):599–604. [PMC free article] [PubMed]

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