GPs who prescribe homeopathy 'bad' at medicine

Study shows in general, they are more likely to perform poorly

Doctors who prescribe homeopathy are less likely to adhere to best practice guidelines in general, according to an analysis of almost 8000 English GP surgeries.

Red flag

Eeven infrequent homeopathy prescribing is strongly associated with poor performance on a range of prescribing quality measures.

This includes overprescribing antibiotics, recommending ineffective doses of cholesterol-lowering drugs and using expensive brand-name medicines instead of generics.

Writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, the authors suggest the findings may reflect a lack of respect