1. To study the problems of drug prescription at primary health care (PHC) centres. 2. To identify reasons for inappropriate prescribing and to attempt to formulate a strategy to solve the problem.
Six PHC centres in Asir Region, southern Saudi Arabia.
Eighty-nine PHC physicians who answered a questionnaire about the World Health Organization essential drugs list (EDL) and their prescribing habits.
Review and analysis of one week's prescriptions at PHCs and a questionnaire conducted by the authors.
About 10% of the prescriptions were incomplete ; antibiotics were the most prescribed drugs ; about one-third of PHC physicians had a poor knowledge of the WHO EDL and about half of them lacked a reliable source of drug information.
There is a great need for a multidisciplinary approach to solve the problem of prescribing.
The medical schools, Ministry of Health, drug companies and the public can launch appropriate educational programmes to educate doctors continuously about drugs.
Mots-clés Pascal : Prescription médicale, Chimiothérapie, Evaluation, Questionnaire, Centre, Soin santé primaire, Homme, Arabie Saoudite, Asie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Medical prescription, Chemotherapy, Evaluation, Questionnaire, Center, Primary health care, Human, Saudi Arabia, Asia
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0001411
Code Inist : 002B30A11. Création : 01/03/1996.