Determinants of physicians' medication prescribing behaviour in primary care in Riyadh city, Saudi Arabia
AbstractThis study in Saudi Arabia explored the determinants of physicians' prescribing behaviour in primary care in Riyadh city. A self-administered questionnaire designed to explore factors influencing prescribing [sociodemographic factors; practice access to educational materials; pharmaceutical company representatives, and patients factors] was completed by 87 PHC physicians. A factor analysis of 56 variables extracted 7 factors that explained 46% of the variance. Of these, 4 components positively related to perceived good prescribing behaviour could be summarized as: clinical experience of physicians; use of educational materials for continuous updating of medical knowledge; enhanced levels of continuing medical education and willingness to involve patients in decision-making; and working as a team using pharmacists for consultation and emphasizing the role of medical education.The other 3 factors derived from the analysis were less easy to interpret and may have been statistical anomalies [or measurement errors]
Magzoub, M.A., Neyaz, Y., Khoja, T., Qureshi, N.A., Haycox, A. et al. (2011). Determinants of physicians' medication prescribing behaviour in primary care in Riyadh city, Saudi Arabia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/118096
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 17 (2), 160-166, 2011
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