Effect of doctors'ethnicity and country of qualification on prescribing patterns in single handed general practices : linkage of information collected by questionnaire and from routine data.
To test whether Asian general practitioners who qualified in the Indian subcontinent prescribe items more often, more expensive items, and fewer generic drugs than their British trained Asian and non-Asian counterparts.
Linkage study using data collected by questionnaire and from routine sources.
General practices in England.
155 single handed general practitioners : 42 Asian doctors qualified in United Kingdom (group 1), 58 white doctors qualified in United Kingdom (group 2), and 55 Asian doctors qualified in Indian subcontinent (group 3).
Main outcome measures
Prescribing cost (cost per ASTRO-PU), prescribing frequency (number of items per ASTRO-PU), and generic prescribing (percentage of drugs prescribed that are generic).
Doctors in group I were significantly younger than those in the other groups and had a higher proportion of patients who were from deprived wards.
There was no difference between the groups in the proportion of female doctors and total list size.
After adjustment for confounding factors, there were no significant differences between the three groups for prescribing cost (16.58 (95% confidence interval 6.39 to 26.77) for group I, 17.31 (6.92 to 27.69) for group 2,17.80 (7.22 to 28.38) for group 3, P=0.55) ; prescribing frequency (6.58 (4.60 to 8.40), 6.45 (4.70 to 8.30), 7.89 (6.16 to 9.64), P=0.34) ; and generic prescribing (44.44 (38.95 to 49.93), 47.41 (42.12 to 52.70), 44.04 (38.75 to 49.33) (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Médecin généraliste, Ethnie, Inde, Asie, Qualification professionnelle, Prescription médicale, Asiatique, Anglais, Pratique professionnelle, Médicament, Analyse coût, Economie santé, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : General practitioner, Ethnic group, India, Asia, Professional qualification, Medical prescription, Asiatic, English, Professional practice, Drug, Cost analysis, Health economy, Human
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0052198
Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 14/05/1998.