Physician characteristics and prescription drug use during pregnancy: A population-based study

Sung Shun Weng, Yi Hua Chen, Ching Chun Lin, Joseph J. Keller, I. Te Wang, Herng Ching Lin

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Purpose: We aimed to explore the relationship between physician characteristics and their prescribing behavior regarding category D and X drugs for pregnant women by using a population-based data set in Taiwan. Methods: The sampled population for the study included 14,430 women. These women received a total of 198,420 prescriptions during pregnancy. We performed multivariate logistic regression analysis by using generalized estimated equations to assess the odds ratio (OR) of the prescription for categories D and X drugs among doctors after adjusting for maternal age and chronic disease. Results: Of the total 198,420 prescriptions, 4.2% were prescribed category D and X drugs. The covariate-adjusted odds for physicians aged between 40 and 49 years and 50 and 59 years for prescribing category D and X drugs to pregnant women were 1.22 (95% confidence interval [95% CI], 1.15-1.31) and 1.51 (95% CI, 1.40-1.64) times that of physicians aged between 30 and 39 years, respectively. Male physicians were less likely to prescribe category D and X drugs to pregnant women than female physicians (OR, 0.69; 95% CI, 0.63-0.75). In addition, physicians specializing in "other" specialties were more likely (OR, 1.46; 95% CI, 1.41-1.54) to prescribe category D and X drugs compared with those specializing in obstetrics/gynecology, whereas physicians practicing in central Taiwan were less likely (OR, 0.85; 95% CI, 0.80-0.89) than their counterparts in other regions of Taiwan to prescribe category D and X drugs. Conclusions: We conclude that physician characteristics, including sex, age, specialty, and practice location, were associated with the prescription of category D and X drugs for pregnant women.
原文英語
頁(從 - 到)54-59
頁數6
期刊Annals of Epidemiology
23
發行號2
DOIs
出版狀態已發佈 - 二月 2013

指紋

Prescription Drugs
Physicians
Pregnancy
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Population
Prescriptions
Confidence Intervals
Pregnant Women
Odds Ratio
Taiwan
Women Physicians
Maternal Age
Gynecology
Sex Characteristics
Obstetrics
Chronic Disease
Logistic Models
Regression Analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology

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Physician characteristics and prescription drug use during pregnancy : A population-based study. / Weng, Sung Shun; Chen, Yi Hua; Lin, Ching Chun; Keller, Joseph J.; Wang, I. Te; Lin, Herng Ching.

於: Annals of Epidemiology, 卷 23, 編號 2, 02.2013, p. 54-59.

研究成果: 雜誌貢獻文章

Weng, Sung Shun ; Chen, Yi Hua ; Lin, Ching Chun ; Keller, Joseph J. ; Wang, I. Te ; Lin, Herng Ching. / Physician characteristics and prescription drug use during pregnancy : A population-based study. 於: Annals of Epidemiology. 2013 ; 卷 23, 編號 2. 頁 54-59.
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