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Volume 9, Number 4—April 2003

Research

Antimicrobial-Drug Prescription in Ambulatory Care Settings, United States, 1992–2000

Linda F. McCaig*Comments to Author , Richard E. Besser*, and James M. Hughes*
Author affiliations: *Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Table 1

Trends in annual antimicrobial drug prescribing rates at physicians’ offices by specialty—United States, 1992–2000

Physician specialty No. of antimicrobial drug prescriptions/1,000 visitsa
% change since 1992
1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Pediatrics
353
(310, 397)
325 (276,374)
302 (255,349)
344 (304,384)
340 (291,389)
299 (262,336)
218 (182,253)
258 (202,314)
235 (208,263)
–33b
General/Family practice
265 (232,298)
226 (199,254)
241 (216,267)
231 (204,258)
201 (178,225)
207 (181,234)
187 (164,209)
188 (160,216)
176 (148,204)
–34b
Otolaryngology
182 (141,223)
218 (177,259)
181 (146,217)
197 (153,241)
179 (147,210)
189 (122,256)
169 (135,203)
162 (97,227)
166 (128,205)
–8
Internal medicine
139 (114,165)
147 (117,178)
143 (111,174)
162 (137,187)
147 (114,180)
123 (97,149)
142 (122,162)
138 (104,173)
116 (95,136)
–17
Dermatology
138 (110,167)
149 (124,173)
140 (114,166)
134 (107,161)
116 (97,136)
106 (75,137)
112 (83,141)
92
(70,114)
133 (110,157)
–4b
Urology
118
(90, 145)
129
(100,158)
144
(117,172)
158
(120,196)
122
(85,159)
153
(108,199)
108
(84,133)
131
(89,172)
148
(123,172)
+26
General/Orthopedic
surgery
40
(26,54)
39
(26,51)
30
(18,42)
30
(20,40)
39
(24,54)
44
(24,64)
14
(7,21)
28
(12,44)
22
(14,30)
–45b
All others 39
(28,49) 51
(34,68) 40
(31,49) 50
(32,69) 39
(26,51) 37
(28,47) 42
(30,53) 30
(22,38) 36
(27,45) –6

a95% confidence interval.
bTrend is significant (p<.01).

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