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Table 2 Prescription of antibiotics in France and in Italy (at least one prescription in 2008) according to patient age, sex, and nasal preparation and antidepressant prescriptions (univariate analyses)

From: Prescription of antibiotics and anxiolytics/hypnotics to asthmatic patients in general practice: a cross-sectional study based on French and Italian prescribing data

  France   Italy
  Yes No P-value Yes No P-value
Patients 1147 (37.1) 1946 (62.9)   1634 (42.1) 2244 (57.9)  
Age (yrs.)
[13–17] 169 (14.7) 316 (16.2) 0.09 180 (11.0) 238 (10.6) <0.01
[18–29] 433 (37.7) 784 (40.3)   528 (32.3) 839 (37.4)  
[30–40] 545 (47.5) 846 (43.5)   926 (56.7) 1167 (52.0)  
Sex       
Female 686 (59.8) 852 (43.8) <0.0001 902 (55.2) 983 (43.9) <0.0001
Male 461 (40.2) 1094 (56.2)   731 (44.8) 1256 (56.1)  
Nasal preparations prescription*
No 293 (25.5) 1055 (54.2) <0.001 1428 (87.4) 2007 (89.4) <0.05
Yes 854 (74.5) 891 (45.8)   206 (12.6) 237 (10.6)  
Antidepressants prescription*
No 1038 (90.5) 1831 (94.1) <0.001 1503 (92.0) 2112 (94.1) <0.05
Yes 109 (9.5) 115 (5.9)   131 (8.0) 132 (5.9)  
  1. Data are presented as n (%). *At least one prescription in 2008.