Journal of Community Medicine & Primary Health Care
Association of Community Physicians of Nigeria
Vol. 16, No. 1, 2004, pp. 21-24
Bioline Code: pc04005
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Journal of Community Medicine & Primary Health Care, Vol. 16, No. 1, 2004, pp. 21-24
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Drug use indicators at a secondary health care facility in Lagos, Nigeria|
Drug-use indicators were measured in a secondary health care facility in Lagos, Nigeria.
Retrospective prescribing data was used and patient records were selected using a systematic sampling method.
The average number of drugs per patient was 3.5=1= 1.4, 14% of patients received at least one injection and 55% of patients were prescribed at least one antibiotic. The injections were prescribed for a variety of indications where oral therapy could have been used. Antibiotics were prescribed largely for presumed infections.
These indicators show that the level of drug use at the hospital is sub-optimal and need to be improved upon.
Drug-use, Indicators, Secondary health facilities, Lagos