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Table 3 Prescription audit (part one) and questionnaire (part two) results assessing the implementation of the STGs/EML

From: Evaluating the implementation of the standard treatment guidelines (STGs) and essential medicines list (EML) at a public South African tertiary institution and its associated primary health care (PHC) facilities

  Doctor (hospital) Nurse (PHC) p value
n Frequency % n Frequency %
Use and implementation of the STGs/EML        
 Prescribers with access to the latest STGs/EML (mobile application)# 107β 101 94.4 98β 41 41.8  < 0.001
 Prescribed medicines that required buy-outs for non-EML item* 37α 2 5.4 263α 0 0 0.015
Frequency of use of the STGs/EML by prescribers#        
 Often 107β 17 15.9 98β 77 78.6  < 0.001
 Sometimes 107β 85 79.4 98β 21 21.4  
 Rarely 107β 5 4.7 98β 0 0  
 Never 107β 0 0 98β 0 0  
Rational use of medicines and compliance to STGs/EML        
 Prescriptions with diagnosis recorded* 37α 26 70.3 263α 206 78.3  
 Prescriptions with diagnosis listed in the STGs/EML* 37α 23 62.2 263α 201 76.4  
 Prescription adhered to STGs/EML* 37α 20 54.1 263α 157 59.7  
Extent of training and knowledge of STGs/EML        
 Prescribers trained on the use of the STGs/EML# 107 β 11 10.3 98β 17 17.3 0.158
 Prescribers knowledgeable on the use of the STGs/EML# 107β 100 93.5 98β 33 33.7  < 0.001
 Prescribers who wish to receive training on the use of the STGs/EML# 107β 39 36.4 98β 93 94.9  < 0.001
  1. *Prescription audit (part one) result
  2. #Questionnaire (part two) result
  3. $Number of prescribers
  4. αNumber of prescriptions