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Journal of Community Medicine & Primary Health Care
Association of Community Physicians of Nigeria
ISSN: 0794-7410
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

 en Drug use indicators at a secondary health care facility in Lagos, Nigeria
O.O. Odusanya

Abstract

Objective: Drug-use indicators were measured in a secondary health care facility in Lagos, Nigeria.
Method: Retrospective prescribing data was used and patient records were selected using a systematic sampling method.
Results: 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.
Conclusion: These indicators show that the level of drug use at the hospital is sub-optimal and need to be improved upon.

Keywords
Drug-use, Indicators, Secondary health facilities, Lagos

 
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