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Article: Why do family doctors prescribe antibiotics for upper respiratory tract infection?

TitleWhy do family doctors prescribe antibiotics for upper respiratory tract infection?
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Issue Date2003
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journals/IJCP
Citation
International Journal Of Clinical Practice, 2003, v. 57 n. 3, p. 167-169 How to Cite?
AbstractThe prescribing behaviour of family doctors in Hong Kong towards upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs), and the major clinical factors that might affect such behaviour, were studied. Members of the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians were surveyed; 801 completed the questionnaire with an overall response rate of 65%. Purulent nasal discharge, purulent sputum, persistent fever over three days, patients looking unwell, exudates on throat, inflamed eardrums and cervical lymphadenopathy made more than half the respondents 'likely' or 'very likely' to prescribe antibiotics. Those in private practice and those who graduated in Hong Kong were more likely to prescribe antibiotics, while fellows of the College were less likely to do so. Vocational training and higher qualifications in family medicine/general practice, however, revealed minimal effect. Our results showed that many doctors are still prescribing antibiotics when they encounter URTI patients presenting with clinical factors that have been proven to have no or little benefit from antibiotics.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/77740
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.226
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.759
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dc.contributor.authorLam, TPen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLam, KFen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-06T07:35:13Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-06T07:35:13Z-
dc.date.issued2003en_HK
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal Of Clinical Practice, 2003, v. 57 n. 3, p. 167-169en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1368-5031en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/77740-
dc.description.abstractThe prescribing behaviour of family doctors in Hong Kong towards upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs), and the major clinical factors that might affect such behaviour, were studied. Members of the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians were surveyed; 801 completed the questionnaire with an overall response rate of 65%. Purulent nasal discharge, purulent sputum, persistent fever over three days, patients looking unwell, exudates on throat, inflamed eardrums and cervical lymphadenopathy made more than half the respondents 'likely' or 'very likely' to prescribe antibiotics. Those in private practice and those who graduated in Hong Kong were more likely to prescribe antibiotics, while fellows of the College were less likely to do so. Vocational training and higher qualifications in family medicine/general practice, however, revealed minimal effect. Our results showed that many doctors are still prescribing antibiotics when they encounter URTI patients presenting with clinical factors that have been proven to have no or little benefit from antibiotics.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journals/IJCPen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of Clinical Practiceen_HK
dc.rightsInternational Journal of Clinical Practice. Copyright © Blackwell Publishing Ltd.en_HK
dc.subject.meshAdulten_HK
dc.subject.meshAgeden_HK
dc.subject.meshAged, 80 and overen_HK
dc.subject.meshAnti-Bacterial Agents - therapeutic useen_HK
dc.subject.meshAttitude of Health Personnelen_HK
dc.subject.meshDrug Prescriptionsen_HK
dc.subject.meshFamily Practiceen_HK
dc.subject.meshFemaleen_HK
dc.subject.meshGuideline Adherenceen_HK
dc.subject.meshHong Kongen_HK
dc.subject.meshHumansen_HK
dc.subject.meshMaleen_HK
dc.subject.meshMiddle Ageden_HK
dc.subject.meshPhysician's Practice Patternsen_HK
dc.subject.meshRegression Analysisen_HK
dc.subject.meshRespiratory Tract Infections - drug therapyen_HK
dc.titleWhy do family doctors prescribe antibiotics for upper respiratory tract infection?en_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=1368-5031&volume=57&issue=3&spage=167&epage=169&date=2003&atitle=Why+do+family+doctors+prescribe+antibiotics+for+upper+respiratory+tract+infection?en_HK
dc.identifier.emailLam, TP: tplam@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.volume57en_HK
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dc.identifier.spage167en_HK
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_HK
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