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  1. Specific therapeutic group age-sex related prescribing units (STAR-PUs) : weightings for analysing general practices'prescribing in England.

    Article - En anglais

    Objectives-To derive cost comparators for prescribing by English general practitioners in eight specific therapeutic groups, based on age-sex related weightings, and to confirm, from a new dataset, earlier age-sex weightings for overall prescribing (ASTRO-PUs).

    Design-Calculations based on one year's prescribing data from selected practices using AAH Meditel software, held on MediPlus by Intercontinental Medical Statistics (IMS, UK and Ireland), and research practices using VAMP software, held on the General Practice Research Database.

    Setting-112 English practices with 739672 patients and 510 British practices with 3126570 patients.

    Main outcome measures-Cost based weightings for 18 age-sex groups and for temporary residents for eight leading specific therapeutic groups and for prescribing overall.


    The two datasets were similar in age distribution and in the way that prescription numbers were distributed by age-sex band in each therapeutic group.

    The cost based weightings for specific therapeutic groups showed great variation in the use of these groups for patients in different age-sex groups.

    Conclusions-The weightings (STAR-PUs) offer a sound basis for cost comparisons at the therapeutic group level.

    Cost-based weightings for overall prescribing derived from the IMS data were reassuringly similar to those of the existing ASTRO-PU system.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Economie santé, Exploration, Traitement, Homme, Age, Sexe, Exploration clinique, Angleterre, Prescription, Poids, Médecin généraliste, Analyse coût, Grande Bretagne, Royaume Uni, Europe

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health economy, Exploration, Treatment, Human, Age, Sex, Clinical investigation, England, Prescription, Weight, General practitioner, Cost analysis, Great Britain, United Kingdom, Europe

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 95-0584156

    Code Inist : 002B30A01C. Création : 01/03/1996.