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Table 3 Prescription practices and expectation on prescription among healthcare providers (20 males and 34 females)

From: Antibiotic prescription for under-fives with common cold or upper respiratory tract infection in Savannakhet Province, Lao PDR

  Male Female Total
N (%) N (%) N (%)
Laboratory examination
 Blood test for every case 2 (10.0) 1 (2.9) 3 (5.6)
 Blood testing for selected cases 17 (85.0) 30 (88.2) 47 (87.0)
 Based on symptoms 20 (100.0) 34 (100.0) 54 (100.0)
 Based on full examination 16 (80.0) 24 (70.6) 40 (74.1)
 In case of an enough time available 15 (75.0) 30 (88.2) 45 (83.3)
Reason for AB prescription
 Base on observed symptoms 20 (100.0) 33 (97.1) 53 (98.1)
 Just for prevention 2 (10.0) 0 (0.0) 2 (3.7)
 Based on experiences 5 (25.0) 5 (14.7) 10 (18.5)
Expectation from prescribing practice
 Being confident for AB prescription 20 (100.0) 30 (88.2) 50 (92.6)
 Have concerns about quality of AB prescribed 17 (85.0) 22 (64.7) 39 (72.2)
 Have concerns about compliance to the advice 18 (90.0) 25 (73.5) 43 (79.6)
 Have concerns about self-medication of AB 18 (90.0) 28 (82.4) 46 (85.2)
 Have concerns about AB resistant 19 (95.0) 30 (88.2) 49 (90.7)
 Have concerns about adverse effects and resistance 20 (100.0) 29 (85.3) 49 (90.7)
  1. AB antibiotics