Yellow Card Scheme still not popular among most GPs in the UK
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KeywordsPublic Health Health Professional General Practitioner Qualitative Study Drug Reaction
Almost two-thirds of all general practitioners (GPs) still don't use the UK's spontaneous adverse drug reaction (ADR) reporting scheme, the Yellow Card Scheme, according to an article in the BMJ.
Data from 22 local health boards of Wales showed that 63% of 1700 GPs did not submit a yellow card between 2004 and 2007 but, compared with other health professionals, GPs were still the top users of the scheme, submitting 34% of reports in 2005. GPs were followed by hospital doctors (22% of reports), hospital pharmacists (21%) and nurses (17%). A qualitative study of 27 GPs in 2006, which included regular reporters (n = 10), lapsed reporters (10) and non-reporters, showed that reporters were more aware of the burden of ADRs than non-reporters. Non-reporters cited paucity of time due to increased work pressure as a reason for not filling in yellow cards. Regular reporters found the Yellow Card Scheme credible due to its independence from government and industry.
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