General practitioner prescribing patterns in Babol city, Islamic Republic of Iran
ResumenTo determine patterns of prescribing in Iranian primary care, we analysed 4000 randomly selected prescriptions from 52 general practitioners [GPs] in Babol city during 1999-2000. The mean number of drugs prescribed per encounter was 4.4 +/- 1.7, with 98% prescribed by generic name. The most commonly prescribed items were non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs [62.9% of encounters] and antibiotics [61.9%], followed by central nervous system drugs, gastrointestinal tract drugs, corticosteroids, vitamins and cardiovascular system drugs respectively. Injections were prescribed in 58.0% of encounters. Female and male doctors had significantly different antibiotic prescribing patterns. Our study confirms the tendency of GPs to overprescribe
Moghadamnia, A.A., Mirbolooki, M.R. & Aghili, M.B. (2002). General practitioner prescribing patterns in Babol city, Islamic Republic of Iran. EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 8 (4-5), 550-555, 2002 http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/119199
RevistaEMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 8 (4-5), 550-555, 2002
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