HANDI

HANDI

Have you ever wondered why doctors recommend things like exercise for heart failure and chronic obstructive airways disease, the Epley manoeuvre for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo and honey for coughs in children with an upper respiratory tract infection? The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has launched a new website called ‘HANDI’. The HANDI project aims to promote effective non-drug treatments, making them visible and easy to use. HANDI is an online formulary of non-drug interventions in health care, which have solid evidence of their effectiveness. Each entry is broken down into indications, contraindications and ‘dosing’ – similar to a pharmacological approach. The aim is to make ‘prescribing’ a non-drug therapy almost as easy as writing a prescription for a drug. HANDI hopes to offer clinicians a greater choice of interventions to patients, in a more holistic and evidenced-based manner.

www.racgp.org.au/your-practice/guidelines/handi/

Conclusion: The HANDI project aims to promote effective non-drug treatments, making them visible and easy to use. HANDI is an online formulary of non-drug interventions in health care, which have solid evidence of their effectiveness.
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