Appraises existing management information for primary care prescribing within the NHS. Examines the two most important management problems facing primary care prescribing: budegtary control and quality assurance. Reviews management information needs and evaluates existing prescribing information systems. Identifies the four main factors contributing to current problems: professional pressures, payment imperatives, reactive administration, managerial deadlock. Discusses future prospects for management information in primary care prescribing reaching the conclusion that budgetary control is close to being achieved, while quality assurance is still subject to a managerial deadlock.
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