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Volume 16, Number 3—March 2010

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Increasing Skin Infections and Staphylococcus aureus Complications in Children, England, 1997–2006

Sonia SaxenaComments to Author , Paula Thompson, Ruthie Birger, Alex Bottle, Nikos Spyridis, Ian Wong, Alan P. Johnson, Ruth Gilbert, Mike Sharland, and on behalf of improving Children’s Antibiotic Prescribing Group
Author affiliations: Imperial College London, London, UK (S. Saxena, R. Birger, A. Bottle); School of Pharmacy, London (P. Thompson, I. Wong); St. George's Hospital National Health Service Trust, London (N. Spyridis); Health Protection Agency, London (A.P. Johnson, M. Sharland); University College London Institute of Child Health, London (R. Gilbert)

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Table 1

Age- and sex-adjusted skin condition consultation and antibacterial drug prescribing rates for children <18 years of age, England, 1997–2006 *

Year Rate/1,000 child-years† (95% CI)
GP consultations for skin conditions Antibacterial drugs for skin conditions Flucloxacillin for skin conditions All flucloxacillin All antibacterial drugs
1997 128.52
(127.21–129.83) 59.53
(58.63–60.43) 17.76
(17.28–18.25) 35.04
(34.36–35.72) 541.42
(538.75–544.09)
1998 128.17
(126.87–129.47) 60.44
(59.54–61.34) 19.33
(18.83–19.84) 37.35
(36.65–38.05) 498.64
(496.09–501.20)
1999 135.91
(134.57–137.24) 65.68
(64.74–66.61) 24.39
(23.83–24.96) 44.03
(43.27–44.79) 438.24
(435.84–440.63)
2000 142.80
(141.44–144.17) 70.17
(69.21–71.13) 27.46
(26.86–28.06) 48.89
(48.09–49.69) 431.80
(429.42–434.18)
2001 146.75
(145.36–148.14) 73.43
(72.45–74.41) 30.65
(30.01–31.28) 52.76
(51.93–53.60) 460.68
(458.21–463.14)
2002 145.56
(144.17–146.94) 71.64
(70.68–72.61) 28.70
(28.09–29.32) 51.39
(50.56–52.21) 443.77
(441.34–446.19)
2003 154.81
(153.37–156.24) 75.69
(74.69–76.68) 31.39
(30.74–32.04) 56.00
(55.13–56.87) 459.94
(457.45–462.43)
2004 157.56
(156.07–159.05) 77.51
(76.47–78.55) 30.75
(30.09–31.42) 56.22
(55.32–57.12) 458.60
(456.04–461.16)
2005 156.05
(154.54–157.57) 75.98
(74.93–77.04) 27.32
(26.68–27.96) 53.58
(52.68–54.47) 489.24
(486.55–491.93)
2006
152.94
(151.44–154.45)
77.62
(76.54–78.69)
29.13
(28.47–29.80)
56.07
(55.15–56.99)
484.30
(481.61–486.98)
p value‡ 0.011 0.005 0.001 0.001 0.005

*Data from International Marketing Systems Health. CI, confidence interval; GP, general practitioner.
†Directly age-sex adjusted to 2000 sample population.
‡p value test for linear trend across years.

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