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Table 1 Patient and prescription demographics

From: The effectiveness of a simple antimicrobial stewardship intervention in general practice in Australia: a pilot study

  July 2016 July 2018
Patients prescribed antibiotics 387 386
Excluded patients prescribed antibiotics 11 17
Included patients prescribed antibiotics 376 369
Average patient age prescribed antibiotics (years) 42.7 (SD = 25.7) 43.1 (SD = 25.2)
Median patient age prescribed antibiotics (years) (IQR) 41 (22, 65) 42 (24, 65)
Female patients prescribed antibiotics (%) 233 (62%) 252 (68%)
Age < 12 years prescribed antibiotics (%) 55 (14.6%) 47 (12.7%)
Age ≥ 65 years prescribed antibiotics (%) 104 (27.7%) 94 (25.5%)
Total antibiotic prescriptions reviewed 395 373
1 antibiotic prescriptiona 358 365
2 antibiotic prescriptionsa 17 4
3 antibiotic prescriptionsa 1 0
Total GP attendances 3573 4014
Total prescriptions prepared (all drugs) 7942 9279
Included antibiotic prescriptions (percentage of all prescriptions) 5.0% 4.0%
GPs who prescribed ≥ 1 antibiotic 19 18
  1. aNumber of antibiotic prescriptions provided to patients within the study period
  2. 2 antibiotic prescriptions = 2 different antibiotics prescribed
  3. 3 antibiotic prescriptions = 3 different antibiotics prescribed
  4. SD standard deviation, IQR interquartile range (25th percentile, 75th percentile)