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J R Soc Med. 1981 September; 74(9): 661–666.
PMCID: PMC1438855

Hereford Hospital Prescribing Study: description and usefulness1


The mode of operation of a computer-based information system designed to link information about drug usage to diagnostic data is described. Details of the cost of this system are given. It is shown that the running costs are approximately £20000 per year. Examples are given of the uses made of the data collected.

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