All physician recommendations to patients are, in a sense, prescriptions. Obvious prescriptions are written or electronic orders for treatments or procedures, including medications, diagnostic tests, and physical therapy.
Prior to executing these orders for particular patients, physicians typically weigh the relevance of the medication or procedure to the individual based on factors such as cost, availability, accessibility, and patients’ physical and mental abilities. Prescribers routinely order a medication only if there are no special precautions or contraindications for that patient, and they educate the patient regarding potential adverse effects.
Less obvious as prescriptions, but no less deserving of foresight and care, are...Read more