If you are experiencing problems downloading PDF or HTML fulltext, our helpdesk recommend clearing your browser cache and trying again. If you need help in clearing your cache, please click here . Still need help? Email help@ingentaconnect.com

Free Content Prescribing practices of rural primary health care physicians in Uzbekistan

You have access to the full text article on a website external to ingentaconnect.

Please click here to view this article on Wiley Online Library.

You may be required to register and activate access on Wiley Online Library before you can obtain the full text. If you have any queries please visit Wiley Online Library

Download Article:



Doctors prescribe medications for therapeutic indications and to meet patient expectations. Understanding the pattern of prescribing is a necessary precursor for any intervention and for improving prescribing practices. Using the WHO standard methodology, we investigated the prescribing practices of doctors in rural primary health care (PHC) clinics in the Ferghana region of Uzbekistan. Doctors in these clinics may have over-prescribed, prescribing 2.9 drugs per patient per encounter. Fifty-seven per cent of these were for injectable drugs, and 57% for antibiotics. Most prescriptions were for name brand (62%) rather than generic drugs.

Keywords: drugs; indicators; injections; pharmaceuticals; prescribing; rational use

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-3156.2003.00992.x

Affiliations: 1: USAID/ZdravPlus, John Snow Inc., Ferghana, Uzbekistan 2: USAID/ZdravPlus, Abt Associates Inc., Almaty, Kazakhstan 3: USAID/Zdravflus, Abt Associates Inc., Ferghana, Uzbekistan 4: Department of International Health, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA

Publication date: February 1, 2003

Related content



Share Content

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
ingentaconnect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more