Explaining variation in antibiotic prescribing between general practices in the UK.

@article{Pouwels2018ExplainingVI,
  title={Explaining variation in antibiotic prescribing between general practices in the UK.},
  author={Koen B Pouwels and F Christiaan K Dolk and David R M Smith and Timo Smieszek and Julie V. Robotham},
  journal={The Journal of antimicrobial chemotherapy},
  year={2018},
  volume={73 suppl_2},
  pages={
          ii27-ii35
        }
}
Objectives Primary care practices in England differ in antibiotic prescribing rates, and, anecdotally, prescribers justify high prescribing rates based on their individual case mix. The aim of this paper was to explore to what extent factors such as patient comorbidities explain this variation in antibiotic prescribing. Methods Primary care consultation and prescribing data recorded in The Health Improvement Network (THIN) database in 2013 were used. Boosted regression trees (BRTs) and… CONTINUE READING
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