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Table 1 Individual GP and practice characteristics

From: ‘Doing the right thing’: factors influencing GP prescribing of antidepressants and prescribed doses

Individual GP Characteristics (n = 28)
Female (%) 14 (50)
Median age (range) 43 (33 to 60)
Years since qualified as doctor, median (range) 19 (10 to 37)
Years as a GP median (range) 12 (2 to 33)
Number of GPs with psychiatry training as part of GP training rotation (%) 19 (68)
Number of GPs with extra psychiatric training/experience as locum or psychiatry trainee (%) 4 (14)
Individual practice characteristics (n = 20)
Antidepressant volumes in DDD/1000 patients, n (GPs) Low = 9 (10) Medium = 4 (6) High = 7 (12)
Number of GP partners, n (GPs) Small (single handed) = 1 (1) Medium (2-3 GPs) = 10 (13) Large (≥4 GPs) = 9 (14)
Deprivation, n (GPs) Low = 6 (6) Medium = 5 (7) High = 9 (15)
Training practice, n (GPs) Yes = 10 (16) No = 10 (12)  
  1. DDD defined daily doses. DDDs are units of measurement defined by the World Health Organization as ‘the assumed average maintenance dose per day for a drug used for its main indication in adults’. DDDs do not necessarily reflect the recommended or prescribed daily dose but allow a convenient method to compare prescribing volumes between organisations [59]
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