Factors affecting antibiotic prescribing pattern in pediatric practice
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To determine the proportion of children receiving antibiotics for common illnesses and to understand the antibiotic prescription ptern and factors influencing it, a cross sectional study was done among the private practitioners in Chennai, India 403 prescriptions by 40 physicians from selected health facilities were analyzed 79.9% of children with ARI (Acuite respiratory infection) and ADD (Acute watery diarrhea) were prescribed antibiotics. Penicillins (43.9%) were the commonest antibiotic prescribed. Factors like postgraduate qualification, experience of physician, source and method of updating knowledge, inpatient practice setting and presence of fever influenced the antibiotic prescription.
Key wordsAntibiotocPrescription Common illnesses Children
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