Received: 17 July 2019
Accepted: 27 November 2019
First Online: 7 January 2020
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: The ethics committee approval for this study was obtained from the University Hospitals Leuven Medical Ethics Committee in May 2013. All general practitioners provided informed consent. Individual informed consent from the patient could not be sought. Reminders showed up unexpectedly during practice when patient data deviated from evidence-based targets. It was not practical to ask for informed consent at these moments. Furthermore, reminding the physician of the informed consent forms at every consultation might have biased the study results in favor of the intervention.
: Not applicable.
: AL, BA, and DR have no competing interests. AH and SVdV were former salaried editors of EBPNet, the organization responsible for the implementation of EBMeDS in Belgian family medicine. ND is a project leader of EBMeDS in Belgium. IK is a salaried employee of Duodecim Medical Publications Ltd., the company that develops and licenses the EBMeDS decision support service.