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Table 2 Distribution of physician specialty and indications of prescription encounters

From: Assessment of current prescribing practices using World Health Organization core drug use and complementary indicators in selected rural community pharmacies in Southern India

Prescription characteristics Frequency (N) Percentage (%)
Physician specialty
 Consulting physician
 Pediatrician
 General practitioner
 Gynecologist
 ENT
 Orthopedics
 Dentist
 Dermatology
 Civil surgeon
271
205
180
139
119
78
41
12
7
25.8
19.5
17.1
13.2
11.3
7.4
3.9
1.1
0.7
Indications
 Cough/cold/congestion/fever/headache
 Back pain & joint pain
 Gastro Intestinal disorders
 Injury & pain
 Bronchospasm/ asthma/ breathing problems
 Dermatitis
 Allergy & pain
 Throat infection
 Hypertension
 Giddiness
 Ear pain
 Othersa
422
180
98
69
63
61
54
33
19
16
15
22
40.1
17.1
9.3
6.6
6.0
5.8
5.1
3.1
1.8
1.5
1.4
2.2
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