Measuring prescribing : the shortcomings of the item.
Objectives-To assess the validity of the item as a measure of the volume of a drug prescribed; and to investigate the possibility that higher quantities per item are prescribed for patients who are not exempt from the prescription charge.
For the first, a frequency distribution was derived of the different quantities per item of 10 commonly used drugs prescribed by 20 randomly selected practices in each of five family health service authority areas.
For the second, the variation in average quantity per item for the same drugs in the same practices was calculated.
For the third and fourth, variation in average quantity per item for 90 commonly used drugs was calculated for all 90 family health service authorities and for all 14 regional health authorities in England.
Mots-clés Pascal : Economie santé, Exploration, Homme, Médecin généraliste, Prescription médicale, Médicament
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health economy, Exploration, Human, General practitioner, Medical prescription, Drug
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 94-0256246
Code Inist : 002B30A01B. Création : 199406.