Welcome to Clinical Indications


Learn About Clinical Indications

Clinical indications are a combination of three or four words that can be used on a prescription to describe the effect on the patient of a particular drug.

See the Sample Directory of Clinical Indications for examples

This site exists to promote the use of clinical indications with the goal of seeing them widely used.

The General Medical Council has endorsed the use of Clinical Indications for all medical prescribers in its latest guidelines on Good Practice in Prescribing published in February 2013. In the section Keeping up to date and prescribing safely the guidance advises “You should consider including clinical indications on your prescriptions.”

Click here to go to this document. The guidance can be found in paragraph 10 (which is on Page 2 of the PDF).

Recent News

  • 2015 Research in Primary Care in Quebec, Canada-

    2015 Research in Primary Care in Quebec, Canada using the Medical Office of the XX1ST Century electronic health record that supports treatment indications and outcomes has shown greater adverse drug reactions with off - label use of medications. (Published online. Title :Association of Off-Label Drug Use and Adverse Drug Events in an Adult Population.

  • Logic intergrated Medical Assessment-

    The LiMA (Logic intergrated Medical Assessment) software program used in the work capability assessments by the Department of Work and Pensions uses a clinical indications process to link drugs to their clinical indication. Information states that The LiMA system provides Healthcare Professionals (HCP) with a system of data entry that minimises typing. This is known as 'assisted text control ' and allows information to be quickly and easily added to a report.

  • Good practice in prescribing and managing medicines and devices.-

    The General Medical Council in the UK releases its guidance Good practice in prescribing and managing medicines and devices. This states on paragraph 10 that 'all prescribers should consider adding clinical indications on your prescriptions'. This website is referenced in the article.

Dr Nigel Masters

Enhancing Care

Clinical Indications allows all Healthcare staff to understand why drugs are being prescribed. Thus the health team can reinforce prescribing indication and drug compliance.

Increasing Safety

Clinical Indications clarifies need for specific medication use and adds essential safety information. Drug prescribing indication is a valuable risk assessment tool as it helps the prescriber balance risk and benefit of the medication.

Empowering Patients

Clinical Indications provides simple explanations of the reason for each prescription. This benefits patients who are on numerous medications. Carers can quickly identify important drugs and reassure confused vulnerable patients.