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Intervention

Professional Intervention: Professional - other

Definition

Other professional interventions not addressed above.

Effectiveness

Two key reviews (Davey, Grimshaw) were categorised as other professional interventions. The interventions included interviewing physicians about outpatient referrals and a rapid rule-out protocol. There was an insufficient number of studies within these reviews to draw conclusions about the effectiveness of these interventions on prescribing related outcomes.

Summary of Overall Findings from Reviews

3 reviews that evaluated the effectiveness of other professional interventions were identified and none were assessed as being of high quality or a key review.

Summary of Findings Related to Prescribing

No high quality or key reviews with a sufficient number of studies to draw conclusions about prescribing outcomes were identified.

Reviews listed as "Summary Pending" will be analyzed, summarized and reported at a later date.

The findings will then be incorporated in the overall evidence summaries of the interventions they address.

Reviews Addressing This Intervention Quality Assessment Tool:
AMSTAR Score (of 11 points)
Davey P, Brown E, Fenelon L, Finch R, Gould I, Hartman G, Holmes A, Ramsay C, Taylor E, Wilcox M, Wiffen P. Interventions to improve antibiotic prescribing practices for hospital inpatients. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2005 4:CD003543. 7 (Medium)
Grimshaw JM, Thomas RE, MacLennan G, Fraser C, Ramsay CR, Vale L, Whitty P, Eccles MP, Matowe L, Shirran L, Wensing M, Dijkstra R, Donaldson C. Effectiveness and efficiency of guideline dissemination and implementation strategies. Health Technology Assessment 2004 8 (6):iii-iiv. 7 (Medium)
Ioannidis JP, Lau J. Evidence on interventions to reduce medical errors: an overview and recommendations for future research. Journal of General Internal Medicine 2001 16 (5):325-34. 4 (Medium)