Doctors' attitudes about prescribing and knowledge of the costs of common medications.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/207665
Title:
Doctors' attitudes about prescribing and knowledge of the costs of common medications.
Authors:
McGuire, C; King, S; Roche-Nagle, G; Barry, M C
Affiliation:
Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, St Vincent's University, Hospital, Dublin 4, Ireland.
Citation:
Ir J Med Sci. 2009 Sep;178(3):277-80. Epub 2009 Feb 17.
Journal:
Irish journal of medical science
Issue Date:
1-Feb-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/207665
DOI:
10.1007/s11845-009-0276-x
PubMed ID:
19221833
Abstract:
INTRODUCTION: Compliance with medical therapy may be compromised because of the affordability of medications. Inadequate physician knowledge of drug costs may unwittingly contribute to this problem. METHODS: We measured attitudes about prescribing and knowledge of medication costs by written survey of medical and surgical non consultant hospital doctors and consultants in two University teaching hospitals (n = 102). Sixty-eight percent felt the cost of medicines was an important consideration in the prescribing decision, however, 88% often felt unaware of the actual costs. Only 33% had easy access to drug cost data, and only 3% had been formally educated about drug costs. Doctors' estimates of the cost of a supply of ten commonly used medications were accurate in only 12% of cases, too low for 50%, and too high for 38%. CONCLUSIONS: Interventions are needed to educate doctors about drug costs and provide them with reliable, easily accessible cost information in real-world practice.
Language:
eng
MeSH:
*Attitude of Health Personnel; Clinical Competence/*statistics & numerical data; Health Care Costs; Health Care Surveys; *Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice; Hospitals, Teaching/*statistics & numerical data; Humans; Ireland; Physician's Practice Patterns/*statistics & numerical data; Prescription Drugs/*economics; Questionnaires
ISSN:
1863-4362 (Electronic); 0021-1265 (Linking)

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorMcGuire, Cen_GB
dc.contributor.authorKing, Sen_GB
dc.contributor.authorRoche-Nagle, Gen_GB
dc.contributor.authorBarry, M Cen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-01T10:34:22Z-
dc.date.available2012-02-01T10:34:22Z-
dc.date.issued2012-02-01T10:34:22Z-
dc.identifier.citationIr J Med Sci. 2009 Sep;178(3):277-80. Epub 2009 Feb 17.en_GB
dc.identifier.issn1863-4362 (Electronic)en_GB
dc.identifier.issn0021-1265 (Linking)en_GB
dc.identifier.pmid19221833en_GB
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s11845-009-0276-xen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/207665-
dc.description.abstractINTRODUCTION: Compliance with medical therapy may be compromised because of the affordability of medications. Inadequate physician knowledge of drug costs may unwittingly contribute to this problem. METHODS: We measured attitudes about prescribing and knowledge of medication costs by written survey of medical and surgical non consultant hospital doctors and consultants in two University teaching hospitals (n = 102). Sixty-eight percent felt the cost of medicines was an important consideration in the prescribing decision, however, 88% often felt unaware of the actual costs. Only 33% had easy access to drug cost data, and only 3% had been formally educated about drug costs. Doctors' estimates of the cost of a supply of ten commonly used medications were accurate in only 12% of cases, too low for 50%, and too high for 38%. CONCLUSIONS: Interventions are needed to educate doctors about drug costs and provide them with reliable, easily accessible cost information in real-world practice.en_GB
dc.language.isoengen_GB
dc.subject.mesh*Attitude of Health Personnelen_GB
dc.subject.meshClinical Competence/*statistics & numerical dataen_GB
dc.subject.meshHealth Care Costsen_GB
dc.subject.meshHealth Care Surveysen_GB
dc.subject.mesh*Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practiceen_GB
dc.subject.meshHospitals, Teaching/*statistics & numerical dataen_GB
dc.subject.meshHumansen_GB
dc.subject.meshIrelanden_GB
dc.subject.meshPhysician's Practice Patterns/*statistics & numerical dataen_GB
dc.subject.meshPrescription Drugs/*economicsen_GB
dc.subject.meshQuestionnairesen_GB
dc.titleDoctors' attitudes about prescribing and knowledge of the costs of common medications.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, St Vincent's University, Hospital, Dublin 4, Ireland.en_GB
dc.identifier.journalIrish journal of medical scienceen_GB
dc.description.provinceLeinster-

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