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Research Article

Rational Prescribing in Primary Care (RaPP): A Cluster Randomized Trial of a Tailored Intervention

  • Atle Fretheim mail,

    To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: atle.fretheim@nokc.no

    Affiliation: Norwegian Knowledge Centre for Health Services, Oslo, Norway

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  • Andrew D Oxman,

    Affiliation: Norwegian Knowledge Centre for Health Services, Oslo, Norway

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  • Kari Håvelsrud,

    Affiliation: Norwegian Knowledge Centre for Health Services, Oslo, Norway

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  • Shaun Treweek,

    Affiliation: Tayside Centre for General Practice, University of Dundee, Dundee, United Kingdom

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  • Doris T Kristoffersen,

    Affiliation: Norwegian Knowledge Centre for Health Services, Oslo, Norway

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  • Arild Bjørndal

    Affiliation: Norwegian Knowledge Centre for Health Services, Oslo, Norway

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  • Published: June 06, 2006
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0030134

About the Authors

Atle Fretheim, Andrew D Oxman, Kari Håvelsrud, Doris T Kristoffersen, Arild Bjørndal
Norwegian Knowledge Centre for Health Services, Oslo, Norway
Shaun Treweek
Tayside Centre for General Practice, University of Dundee, Dundee, United Kingdom

Corresponding Author

Email: atle.fretheim@nokc.no

Competing Interests

All the authors are, or have been, employed by the Norwegian government, which has a substantial interest in improving professional practice in Norway and in containing the costs of health care. The clinical practice guidelines and the study design have not been endorsed by the government or any other organization and represent the views of the authors. No other competing interests are declared.

Author Contributions

ADO and AB had the original idea for the study and wrote the project proposal. AF was the principle investigator, wrote the first draft of the trial protocol, was responsible for running the trial, and wrote the first draft of this report. KH was instrumental in the management and running of the trial, and participated in the interpretation of data. ST provided important input during the planning phase, and also played a key role in the implementation of the study. DTK arranged the data and performed the statistical analyses. All authors contributed to and approved the final manuscript.