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Passing the acid test? Evaluating the impact of national education initiatives to reduce proton pump inhibitor use in Australia
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    NPS MedicineWise evaluation finds changes in general practitioners prescribing of proton pump inhibitors following education programs

    I write in response to the article published in your journal “Passing the acid test? Evaluating the impact of national education initiatives to reduce proton pump inhibitor use in Australia” (Bruno C et al., BMJ Qual Saf 2019). I am writing as NPS MedicineWise evaluation found a significant impact on general practitioner prescribing of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) following their educational programs in 2009 and 2015. I acknowledge that the article is well written, the methods are well described, and the approach includes a number of sensitivity analyses. However, I would like to highlight some key points on the analysis methods used that differ from the approach taken by NPS MedicineWise and about which I have some concerns.

    The 2015 NPS MedicineWise educational program on PPIs was part of a larger educational strategy over a decade to support best-practice prescribing of PPIs by general practitioners (GPs) and included Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) feedback to GPs in Australia. This consists of a letter that includes information of the individual GP’s prescribing of PPIs compared to their peers. Programs launched in 2009 and 2018 on PPI prescribing for GPs also included face-to-face educational visits to GP practices. The 2015 campaign, which did not include these face-to-face visits, aimed to reinforce the impact of the earlier 2009 campaign.

    NPS MedicineWise has conducted an evaluation of the 2009 and 2015 education programs on GP prescribing o...

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    Responsible for the evaluation of NPS MedicineWise education programs