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Table 5 GPs opinion of delayed prescribing as a reasonable strategy

From: Use and feasibility of delayed prescribing for respiratory tract infections: A questionnaire survey

  Total
(%)
Wait-and-see Rx
very reasonable
(%) (n = 210)
Wait-and-see Rx
not very reasonable
(%) (n = 94)
Very
reasonable
%
P-value a
Diagnosis group n = 304
   Upper respiratory tract symptoms and infections 60 (20) 35 (17) 25 (27) 58 0,044*
   Lower respiratory tract infections 41 (14) 20 (10) 21 (22) 49 0,002*
   Ear infections 65 (21) 50 (24) 15 (16) 77 0,12
   Sinusitis 101 (33) 80 (38) 21 (22) 79 0,007*
   Acute tonsillitis 24 (8) 17 (8) 7 (7) 71 0,85
   Other respiratory diagnoses 13 (4) 8 (4) 5 (5) 62 0,55
GP's reason for giving delayed prescription n = 304
   Uncertainty about indication for antibiotics 211 (69) 151 (72) 60 (64) 72 0,16
   Other reason 44 (14) 34 (16) 10 (11) 77 0,2
   Uncertainty about diagnose 32 (11) 22 (10) 10 (11) 69 0,97
   Difficulties with follow up 29 (10) 19 (9) 10 (11) 66 0,66
   Disagreement with the patient 12 (4) 3 (1) 9 (10) 25 0,001*
GP's expectation n = 304
   Patient is likely to take antibiotics 51 (17) 29 (14) 22 (23) 57 0,039*
   Patient is not likely to take antibiotics 131 (43) 100 (48) 31 (33) 76 0,017*
   Uncertain 122 (40) 81 (39) 41 (44) 66 0,41
GP's impression of patient's antibiotics expectation n = 303 (209/94)
   Patient expected antibiotics 73 (24) 47 (22) 26 (28) 64 0,32
   Patient did not expect antibiotics 150 (50) 104 (50) 46 (49) 69 0,93
   Uncertain 80 (26) 58 (28) 22 (23) 73 0,44
Grouped age (years) n = 304
   Less than 16 100 (33) 69 (33) 31 (33) 69  
   16-59 180 (59) 124 (59) 56 (60) 69 0,98
   60 and over 24 (8) 17 (8) 7 (7) 71  
Gender n = 304
   Female 204 (67) 139 (66) 65 (69) 68 0,61
   Male 100 (33) 71 (34) 29 (31) 71  
  1. a Pearson chi-square.