Journal article

Australian dispensing doctors' prescribing: quantitative and qualitative analysis

David Lim, Jon D Emery, Janice Lewis, V Bruce Sunderland

The Medical Journal of Australia | WILEY | Published : 2011

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the prescribing practices of Australian dispensing doctors (DDs) and to explore their interpretations of the findings. DESIGN, PARTICIPANTS AND SETTING: Sequential explanatory mixed methods. The quantitative phase comprised analysis of Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) claims data of DDs and non-DDs, 1 July 2005-30 June 2007. The qualitative phase involved semi-structured interviews with DDs in rural and remote general practice across Australian states, August 2009-February 2010. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The number of PBS prescriptions per 1000 patients and use of Regulation 24 of the National Health (Pharmaceutical Benefits) Regulations 1960 (r. 24); DDs' interpretat..

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