Clinical indication labelling is a simple and direct way to communicate with patients about their medicines.
Clinical Indications - Improving Communication for Prescribing
Clinical indication labelling is a simple and direct way to communicate with patients about their medicines. Pioneered by a GP in England, this approach has now become routine in many practices and is leading to improvements in safety, health outcomes and patient confidence. Such a simple change has captured the attention of many and won a number of clinical awards in the UK.
Clinical indications are a combination of three or four words that can be added to a prescription to describe what the medication is for. Example: Allopurinol 300mg tablets: "Take one tablet daily to prevent gout."
- Improves communication and understanding.
- Reduces confusion for patients and prescribers (many drugs have a variety of uses).
- Key safety messages can be added to the specific prescription.