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Medications don’t cure everything - with HANDI clinicians can prescribe non-drug options

Nearly half of the thousands of clinical trials conducted each year are for non-drug treatments. And yet effective non-drug methods are less well-known, less well-promoted, and less well-used than their pharmaceutical cousins. For the past six years the RACGP have been committed to developing an evidence-based handbook for non-drug treatments that mirrors the pharmacopoeias used in daily practice - the Handbook of Non-Drug interventions (HANDI).

CKN spoke with the key driver behind the handbook, Bond University’s Professor Paul Glasziou, and asked him to tell us about how HANDI is filling a gap in patient care and making effective non-drug treatments more visible and easier to use.

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Using Google Scholar? Access full text articles via CKN

If you’re a Google Scholar user whenever you’re logged into CKN you can access the full text of articles available through CKN's institutional subscriptions to clinical journals. To set this up, follow these easy steps.


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Burn units need to cater to Indigenous kids

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How much sunshine causes melanoma? It's in your genes

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