|Title:||WHO/INRUD drug prescribing indicators at primary health care centres in Eastern province, Saudi Arabia|
|Authors:||El Mahalli, A.A.|
|Abstract:||Appropriate use of drugs is an essential element in achieving quality of health and medical care for patients and the community as a whole. This study aimed to measure the drug prescribing performance of primary health care centres in Eastern province, Saudi Arabia, using the WHO/International Network of Rational Use of Drugs core drug prescribing indicators. In a retrospective cohort study 10 health centres were selected using systematic random sampling. A total of 1000 prescribing encounters were investigated from January to December 2010. Mean values were: number of drugs per encounter 2.4 [optimal </=?3], drugs prescribed by generic name 61.2% [optimal 100%], encounters with antibiotic prescribed 32.2% [optimal </=30%], encounters with injection prescribed 2% [optimal </=10%] and drugs prescribed from the national essential drugs list or facility formulary 99.2% [optimal 100%]. An overall index of rational drug prescribing was calculated and applied to rank the health centres for benchmarking|
|Keywords:||Primary Health Care|
World Health Organization
|Appears in Collections:||EMRO Journal Articles (EMHJ)|
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