Journal article

A survey of prescribing practices by general dentists in Australia

L Teoh, RJ Marino, K Stewart, MJ McCullough

BMC ORAL HEALTH | BMC | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Numerous studies of dental antibiotic prescribing show that overprescribing is a worldwide occurrence. The aim of this study was to assess prescribing practices of general dentists in Australia for antibiotics, analgesics and anxiolytics and to determine the extent to which prescribing is in accordance with current guidelines. METHODS: A structured questionnaire was sent to 1468 dentists in Victoria and Queensland in July-August 2018. The questionnaire covered demographics, clinical conditions where dentists prescribe antibiotics, non-clinical factors which influence prescribing, and medicines for anxiolysis and pain relief. Responses were scored using a system based on the curre..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship (no. 241616). The scholarship helped to fund the cost of the printed surveys, envelopes and postage stamps for the survey. The design of the study, analysis and interpretation of the data was conducted by the researchers.