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Volume 11, Number 6—June 2005

Research

Clinician Knowledge and Beliefs after Statewide Program to Promote Appropriate Antimicrobial Drug Use

Karen M. Kiang*†, Burney A. Kieke‡, Kathryn Como-Sabetti*, Ruth Lynfield*, Richard E. Besser†, and Edward A. Belongia‡Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *Minnesota Department of Health, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; †Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; ‡Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, Marshfield, Wisconsin, USA

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Table 2

Influence of 2 nonpredictive clinical factors and 1 social factor on antimicrobial agent prescribing, 2002 versus 1999

Response Proportion giving desired response (%)*
Wisconsin (WI)
Minnesota (MN)
1999 2002 1999 2002 WI % 2002/WI % 1999
(adjusted)†‡ MN % 2002/MN % 1999
(adjusted)†‡
Purulent nasal discharge 34 61 42 54 1.71 (p<0.001) 1.24 (p = 0.054)
Productive cough with purulent sputum 14 36 20 31 2.61 (p<0.001) 1.31
Received antimicrobial agents for similar symptoms in past 57 72 63 70 1.20 (p = 0.015) 1.10

*Desired response: presence of the factor had little or no influence on the decision to prescribe.
†Only significant p values presented; p values for baseline comparisons not presented.
‡Ratios and corresponding p values adjusted for sex, years in practice, practice setting, and clinician type.

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