Overprescribing: Why do GPs and other specialists say they do it?

The Choosing Wisely survey shows miscommunication and patient expectations contribute to the issue
Clare Pain

The number one reason for overprescribing tests, procedures or treatments, is not being able to get information or results from another doctor, according to non-GP specialists responding to in a NPS MedicineWise survey.

Sixty-one per cent of non-GP specialists say an inability to get hold of this information is to blame for their overprescribing, reveals the survey of 234 GPs and 194 other specialists published in the Choosing Wisely Australia 2018 report, Conversations for Change.