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Title: Drug prescription habits in public and private health facilities in 2 provinces in South Africa
Authors: Mohlala, G.
Peltzer, K.
Phaswana Mafuya, N.
Ramlagan, S.
Issue Date: 2010
Language: English
Abstract: The aim of this study was to explore drug prescription habits using WHO standard indicators in 15 public hospitals and 36 private surgeries in 2 provinces in South Africa. A high mean number of drugs were prescribed per patient [3.2 versus 2.8] in public hospitals and by general practitioners [GPs] respectively and generic prescribing rates were low [45.2% versus 24.5%]. The rates of prescribing in public hospitals and by GPs were 8.3% versus 23.3% for injections, 68.1% versus 31.9% for antibiotics and 92.6% versus 68.5% for drugs from the essential drugs list. Drug prescribing in both sectors needs to be regulated, especially the use of antibiotics, essential drugs and generic prescribing
Description: 324-328
Keywords: Cross-Sectional Studies
Retrospective Studies
Drug Utilization Review
Guideline Adherence
Health Facilities, Proprietary
Drugs, Generic
Subject: Drug Prescriptions
ISSN: 1020-3397
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