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Antibiotic prescribing and patient satisfaction in primary care in England: cross-sectional analysis of national patient survey data and prescribing data

Overview of attention for article published in British Journal of General Practice, December 2015
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16 news outlets
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6 blogs
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128 tweeters
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Title
Antibiotic prescribing and patient satisfaction in primary care in England: cross-sectional analysis of national patient survey data and prescribing data
Published in
British Journal of General Practice, December 2015
DOI 10.3399/bjgp15x688105
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Authors

Mark Ashworth, Patrick White, Hannah Jongsma, Peter Schofield, David Armstrong

Abstract

Concerns about adverse effects on patient satisfaction may be an important obstacle to attempts to curtail antibiotic prescribing. To determine the relationship between antibiotic prescribing in general practice and reported patient satisfaction. Retrospective cross-sectional study of general practices in England. Data were obtained from the General Practice Patient Survey (GPPS) in 2012 (2.7 million questionnaires in England; 982 999 responses; response rate 36%); the national Quality and Outcomes Framework dataset for England, 2011-2012 (8164 general practices); and general practice and demographic characteristics. Standardised measures of antibiotic prescribing volumes were obtained for each practice in England during 2012-2013, together with 12 other nationally available prescribing variables. The role of antibiotic prescribing volume was identified as a determinant of GPPS scores and adjusted for demographic and practice factors using multiple linear regression. The final dataset consisted of 7800 (95.5%) practices. A total of 33.7 million antibiotic prescriptions were issued to a registered population of 53.8 million patients. Antibiotic prescribing volume was a significant positive predictor of all 'doctor satisfaction' and 'practice satisfaction' scores in the GPPS, and was the strongest predictor of overall satisfaction out of 13 prescribing variables. A theoretical 25% reduction in antibiotic prescribing volume would be associated with 0.5-1.0% lower patient satisfaction scores, a drop of 3-6 centile points in national satisfaction ranking. Patients were less satisfied in practices with frugal antibiotic prescribing. A cautious approach to antibiotic prescribing may require a trade-off in terms of patient satisfaction.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 1%
Canada 1 1%
Unknown 90 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 20 22%
Student > Ph. D. Student 11 12%
Student > Master 11 12%
Student > Bachelor 10 11%
Other 9 10%
Other 31 34%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 35 38%
Unspecified 16 17%
Nursing and Health Professions 7 8%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 7 8%
Social Sciences 7 8%
Other 20 22%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 244. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 13 August 2019.
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#51,885
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Outputs from British Journal of General Practice
#23
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#1,750
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#1
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