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Prescribing analysis

The Welsh Analytical Prescribing Support Unit (WAPSU) has produced reports on a number of topics.

The following are available here:


Primary Care Prescribing Analysis - Medicines Used in Diabetes

This document has been prepared by the Welsh Analytical Prescribing Support Unit (WAPSU) to provide a detailed analysis of diabetes therapeutic area prescribing at national, health board and GP cluster level. The report also incorporates GP cluster level comparators, a novel way of presenting prescribing data, which allows prescribing leads in GP clusters and health boards to benchmark prescribing data against the most similar GP clusters in terms of specific disease prevalence and socio-economic factors.

Primary Care Prescribing Analysis - Medicines Used in Diabetes (September 2015)


Respiratory Prescribing Analysis with Cluster Level Comparators

This paper provides an analysis of primary care prescribing in Wales and England for medicines and preparations within the respiratory therapeutic area for the period July 2013–June 2014. The report contains information specific to Wales and its health boards, and also data for England and North East (NE) England for comparative purposes.

Respiratory Prescribing Analysis with Cluster Level Comparators (2015)


GP Cluster Level Comparators

This report outlines a proposed method for the development of cluster group comparators, based on socio-economic similarity and disease prevalence, to enable benchmarking of prescribing. The respiratory therapeutic area is used here to illustrate the method, due to the impact of respiratory illness on the population, the high cost of prescribing respiratory items, recent changes in the evidence base and the potential for prescribing review.

GP Cluster Level Comparators (2014)


Tramadol Educational Resource Materials

These educational resource materials aim to support the appropriate prescribing of tramadol in NHS Wales by providing key healthcare professionals with resource materials to review the prescribing of tramadol within the complex context of pain management.

The materials have been developed with regard to promoting the appropriate use of tramadol and raising awareness of the risks associated with the misuse and diversion of supplies of tramadol.

The educational resource pack includes an introduction, audit materials for primary care, secondary care and overdose admissions through emergency departments, an educational slide set, WeMeReC bulletins, a patient information leaflet and a shared decision-making toolkit. The resources can be adapted locally and Word (or PowerPoint) versions of the documents can be requested from AWTTC.

Audit Materials (2013) (Updated 2014)
Educational Slide Set (2013) (Updated 2014)
WeMeReC Maps (2013)
WeMeReC Things to Know (2013)
Patient Information Leaflet (2013)
Shared Decision-Making Toolkit (2013)

NHS Wales Primary Care Prescribing Analysis for Tramadol - Data to September 2014 (2015)
Initial Prescribing Analysis (2013)


Primary Care Prescribing Analysis 2012-2013 Gluten-free Products

This document reviews the prescribing of gluten-free products in Wales, with reference to the All Wales Guide to Prescribing Gluten-free Products.

Primary Care Prescribing Analysis 2012-2013 Gluten-free Products
(2013)