Home About us Editorial board Search Ahead of print Current issue Archives Submit article Instructions Subscribe Contacts Login 
Home Print this page Email this page
Users Online:: 168
Year : 2004  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 115-118

Physicians' prescribing behaviour in two tertiary health care facilities in north-western Nigeria - Analysis of 518 prescriptions

Department of Community Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
MTO Ibrahim
P.O. Box 3477, Sokoto
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

Rights and PermissionsRights and Permissions

This descriptive, cross-sectional study examined physicians' prescribing behaviour in two tertiary care facilities in North-Western Nigeria . Five hundred and eighteen prescriptions issued to patients attending out-patient s' clinics in the study facilities were examined using the WH O / I NRUD drug use indicators. The study findings showed an average of 3 .5 drugs per prescription , 55.7% generic prescribing, 51.2% antibiotic prescriptions , 40.6% injection prescrip tions and 16.4% of patient-doctor verbal communication on use of prescribed drugs . Estimation and deduction of the cost of irrationally prescribed antibiotics and injections from the average cost of prescribed drugs (232.83) resulted in a 26.7% reduction in the cost of drugs per prescription. Appropriate recommendations are made in the light of observed findings .

Print this article     Email this article
 Next article
 Previous article
 Table of Contents

 Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Citation Manager
 Access Statistics
 Reader Comments
 Email Alert *
 Add to My List *
 * Requires registration (Free)

 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded115    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal