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Abstract

Objectives: This audit aimed to investigate the use of prescription drugs and investigations by trainee doctors in primary care settings in Oman and the UK. Methods: This audit took place between February and April 2015. The medical records of consecutive patients seen by five family medicine trainee doctors at a primary care setting in Oman were retrospectively reviewed. These data were compared to those gathered from two trainees at a general practice clinic in the UK as well as an experienced general practitioner (GP) who had practiced in both countries. Results: The average number of items prescribed per patient was 1.19, 0.43 and 0.24 and the rate of investigations was 20%, 21% and 11% for Omani trainees, UK trainees and the GP, respectively. Conclusion: This audit suggests that family medicine trainees in Oman prescribe almost three times as many drugs as trainees in the UK. The findings also point towards an over-investigation of the relatively young Omani patient population.


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Prescriptions Health Resources Primary Health Care Oman United Kingdom.

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Davidson, R. (2016). Use of Prescription Drugs and Investigations by Doctors in Primary Care Settings in Oman and the UK. Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal [SQUMJ], 16(4), 487–490. https://doi.org/10.18295/squmj.2016.16.04.014