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J Clin Pharm Ther. 2001 Jun;26(3):195-9.

Antibiotic prescribing by single handed general practitioners: secondary analysis of data.

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Department of Primary Care and General Practice, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, U.K. p.s.gill@bham.ac.uk

Abstract

AIM:

To determine the contribution of various doctor and patient factors on the frequency of antibiotic prescribing.

METHODS:

Secondary analyses of data on 155 single handed general practitioners.

RESULTS:

Three variables explained 25% of variation in antibiotic prescribing. Doctors qualified from the Indian subcontinent issued more antibiotics than U.K.-qualified doctors. Patients from the non-manual social class were issued fewer antibiotics than those from the manual class and the most deprived patients received significantly more antibiotics.

CONCLUSION:

Very little of prescribing of antibiotics by doctors is explained by these doctor-patient factors. Prescribing is a complex process and the search for factors must continue in order to address the rising antibiotic resistance.

PMID:
11422603
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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