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Table 3 Subgroup analysis of articles describing the WHO prescribing indicators separated based on the sample size

From: Evaluation of drug prescription pattern using World Health Organization prescribing indicators in public health facilities found in Ethiopia: systematic reviews and meta-analysis

WHO indicators Articles subgroup based on the sample size WHO standard value
Sample size ≤ 600 Sample size > 600
Median(IQR) Median (IQR)
Average number of drugs per encounter 2.06 (1.745–2.34) 2.22 (1.78–2.69)  < 2
Percentage of encounters with antibiotics 45.89 (31.28–64.44) 40.31 (18.65–57.69) 20%–26.8%
Percentage of encounters with injections 24.34 (5.02–48.94) 18.67 (7.47–32.92) 13.4%–21.1%
Percentage of drugs prescribed by generic name 92.79 (89.28–97.21) 93.47 (87.42–98.02) 100%
Percentage of drugs from essential drug list 90.53 (84.34–96.9) 96.01 (91.66–99.65) 100%