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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
  1. aAnemia Burns/injury Eye infection Wounds