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Antibiotic prescribing by general dental practitioners in the Greater Glasgow Health Board, Scotland

Roy, K., and Bagg, J. (2000) Antibiotic prescribing by general dental practitioners in the Greater Glasgow Health Board, Scotland. British Dental Journal, 188 (12). pp. 674-676. ISSN 0007-0610 (doi:10.1038/sj.bdj.4800574)

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To investigate antibiotic prescribing patterns by general dental practitioners (GDPs) in the Greater Glasgow Health Board Area, Scotland. STUDY DESIGN: A 10% sample of prescriptions were selected at random from 35,545 prescriptions written by GDPs over a 6-month period. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Absolute and relative frequencies were used to describe the different classes of antibiotics used and the variations in prescribing practice. RESULTS: GDPs prescribed a wide range of antibiotics. Seventeen different antibiotics were prescribed with amoxycillin, metronidazole and penicillin V accounting for almost 90% of the prescriptions. In general the antibiotics were prescribed at the British National Formulary (BNF) recommended doses. There were, however, wide variations in the frequencies and durations of the prescriptions for all antibiotics. CONCLUSIONS: The present study provides evidence of sub-optimal prescribing of antibiotics by dentists in Scotland, with considerable variation from the recommended frequencies and doses.

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bagg, Prof Jeremy and Roy, Dr Kirsty
Authors: Roy, K., and Bagg, J.
Subjects:R Medicine > RK Dentistry
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Public Health
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine > Dental School
Journal Name:British Dental Journal
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group for the British Dental Association
ISSN:0007-0610
ISSN (Online):1476-5373
Published Online:24 June 2000
Copyright Holders:© Copyright British Dental Journal
First Published:First published in the British Dental Journal 188(12):674-676
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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