To compare ratings of the necessity of drugs in the daily practice of experienced primary care doctors in Estonia and Finland to find out the differences and similarities in the therapeutic traditions of the two different societies.
A questionnaire was sent to all Estonian district doctors born in the 1940s and to all Finnish specialized general practitioners born in the 1940s, who then evaluated the necessity of the listed drugs on a visual analogue scale.
The ratings, from 0 to 100, were entered into a computer, using a graphic tablet and a pressure sensitive pointer.
The six most highly-evaluated drugs among the Estonian respondents were digoxin, glyceryl trinitrate, aspirin, calcium-channel blockers, beta-adrenoceptor blockers and frusemide ; and among the Finnish general practitioners (GPs) were penicillin, insulin, glyceryl tri-nitrate, beta-adrenoceptor blockers, frusemide and angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors.
The ratings of 15 out of 33 drugs/drug groups were very similar both in Estonia and Finland.
The biggest differences between the opinions of the Estonian and Finnish doctors appeared in the ratings regarding the necessity of antacids, cimetidine, insulin, sulphonylureas, reserpine.
ACE inhibitors, oral contraceptives, penicillin, metron-idazole, trimethoprim. indomethacin, phenobarbital and theophylline. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Finlande, Europe, Estonie, Europe Est, Soin santé primaire, Médicament, Education santé, Pratique professionnelle, Etude comparative, Attitude, Prescription médicale, Médecin généraliste, Personnel sanitaire
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Finland, Europe, Estonia, Eastern Europe, Primary health care, Drug, Health education, Professional practice, Comparative study, Attitude, Medical prescription, General practitioner, Health staff
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0482325
Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 03/02/1998.