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Drugs most frequently used in office-based practice : National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 1980.
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    This report lists and describes the 200 drugs most frequently utilized in 1980 by physicians engaged in office-based practice. (Inclusion of trade names is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by the Public Health Service or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.) Data are based on findings from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey.

    The National Center for Health Statistics uses the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) to collect descriptive data about the medical care provided in doctors’ offices. Each year NAMCS data col­ lectors contact a representative sample of the Nation’s doctors of medicine and osteopathy whose primary jobs are office-based, patient-care practice. The sampled physicians in turn complete records (figure 1) for a systematic random sample of their office visits over a weekly reporting period.

    The year 1980 was the first in the 8-year history of NAMCS that respondents reported the number and names of the specific drugs they used (see figure 1, item 11). This resulted in an estimated 679,593,000 mentions of pharmaceutical agents ordered or provided for the purpose of prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Mentions included new or continued medications and nonprescription as well as prescription drugs. The methodology used to collect and process drug information for the 1980 NAMCS is reported elsewhere.

    Suggested citation: National Center for Health Statistics, H. Koch: Drugs most frequently used in office-based practicp: National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 1980. Advance Data From Vital and Health Statistics, No. 78, D H HS Pub. No. (PHS) 82-1250, Public Health Service, Hyattsville, Md., May 12, 1982.

    PMID: 10255816


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