Drug prescription habits in public and private health facilities in 2 provinces in South Africa
AbstractThe 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
Mohlala, G., Peltzer, K., Phaswana Mafuya, N. & Ramlagan, S. (2010). Drug prescription habits in public and private health facilities in 2 provinces in South Africa. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/117866
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 16 (3), 324-328, 2010
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