Drug utilization in general and family practice by characteristics of physicians and office visits: National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 1980
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Drug utilization in general and family practice by characteristics of physicians and office visits: National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 1980

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    Women play an increasing role in the provision of medical care; young physicians of both sexes enter the relatively new specialty of family practice, and physicians who have been in practice for some time tend to delay retirement. At the same time, new discoveries in medication therapy are announced with great frequency. Therefore, it is of interest to know whether a changing population of physicians affects the number and kinds of drugs prescribed. If differences by sex and age of the physician do exist, are they simply the results of the structure of the physician’s practice? In this report drug utilization statistics are presented based on the relationship of the sex of the office-based physician and the year of medical school graduation to selected visit characteristics: sex and age of the patient, status and duration of the visit, major reason for the visit, and the type ofphysician’s practice. An examina­ tion of these data indicated that the structure of the practice was more likely to influence drug utilization than was the sex of the physician or the year of medical school graduation. Suggested cittion: National Center for Health Statistics, B, K. Cypress: Drug utilization in general and family practice by characteristics of physicians and office visits, National Ambulatory Medical Care Sumrvey, 1980. Advance Data From Vital and Health Statistics, No. 87. DHHS Pub. No. (PHS) 83-1250. Public Health Service, Hyattsville, Md. March 18, 1983. PMID: 10260568 ad087acc.pdf
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