Drug utilization in office practice by age and sex of the patient : National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 1980
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Drug utilization in office practice by age and sex of the patient : National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 1980
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    The relationship between the age and sex of ambulatory patients and the drugs ordered or provided for them by physicians in office-based practice is explored. Data are presented using fiidings from the 1980 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 collectors 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. When the sampled findings were expanded to approximate the entire universe of office-based care, the result was an estimated total of 575,745,000 office visits in calendar 1980. The year 1980 was the fmt 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–by any route of administration-for the purpose of prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Mentions included new or continued medications and nonprescription as well as prescription drugs. Suggested citation: Strahan G. An overview of home health and hospice care patients Preliminary data from the 1993 National Home and Hospice Care Survey. Advance data from vital and health statistic% no 256. Hyattsvilie, Maryland: Nationai Center for Health Statistics. 1984. PMID: 10256441 ad081acc.pdf ad258.pdf
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