Antibiotic prescribing by single handed general practitioners: secondary analysis of data

J Clin Pharm Ther. 2001 Jun;26(3):195-9. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2710.2001.00345.x.


Aim: To determine the contribution of various doctor and patient factors on the frequency of antibiotic prescribing.

Methods: Secondary analyses of data on 155 single handed general practitioners.

Results: Three variables explained 25% of variation in antibiotic prescribing. Doctors qualified from the Indian subcontinent issued more antibiotics than U.K.-qualified doctors. Patients from the non-manual social class were issued fewer antibiotics than those from the manual class and the most deprived patients received significantly more antibiotics.

Conclusion: Very little of prescribing of antibiotics by doctors is explained by these doctor-patient factors. Prescribing is a complex process and the search for factors must continue in order to address the rising antibiotic resistance.

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Drug Prescriptions / statistics & numerical data*
  • Ethnic Groups
  • Family Practice / statistics & numerical data*
  • Foreign Medical Graduates
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Humans
  • India / ethnology
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians' / statistics & numerical data*
  • Social Class
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United Kingdom


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents