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Table 2 Data on the 163 general practitioners participating in the study

From: Diagnostic labelling as determinant of antibiotic prescribing for acute respiratory tract episodes in general practice

Age in years (mean (SD)) 47.1 (6.4)
Gender (% female) 26.4
Years since registration (mean (SD)) 18.2 (8.7)
Number of patients (mean (SD)) 2,197 (646)
Type of practice (% single-handed) 24.5
Consulting national guidelines for GPs (% > once a week) 54.0
Seeing pharmaceutical representatives (% yes) 56.4
Inclination to prescribe new drugs (mean (SD))* 2.4 (0.7)
Medical knowledge on respiratory tract symptoms and antibiotics (mean (SD))** 7.1 (1.5)
Views on acute respiratory tract symptoms and antibiotics (mean (SD))***  
- Seriousness 2.0 (0.8)
- Self- limiting character 4.3 (0.6)
- Need to consult a general practitioner 3.5 (0.8)
- Need of antibiotics in case of fever 1.7 (0.7)
- Need of antibiotics in case of green phlegm 1.7 (0.7)
- Need of antibiotics in case of white spots in the throat 2.3 (1.1)
- Effectiveness of antibiotics 1.9 (0.8)
- Side-effects of antibiotics 2.3 (1.0)
Acute respiratory tract episodes/1,000 patients/year (mean (SD)) 236.9 (67.7)
Proportion of acute respiratory tract episodes labelled as diagnosis (mean (SD)) 0.70 (0.11)
Antibiotic prescriptions for acute respiratory tract episodes per 1,000 patients/year (mean (SD)) 107.4 (45.0)
Proportion of antibiotic prescriptions/acute respiratory tract episodes (mean (SD)) 0.41 (0.13)
  1. * Scale ranged as follows: 1 (low inclination) to 5 (high inclination)
  2. ** Scale ranged as follows: 1 (very low) to 10 (very high)
  3. ***Scale ranged as follows: 1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree)