A computer system to record and analyze antibiotic prescriptions in hospitalized children is described. This system is especially organized in order to obtain simultaneously a quantitative evaluation of antibiotic use and a qualitative analysis of the process by which the physician makes his decision for therapy. The practical employment of this program has been demonstrated by analyzing 765 prescriptions given in 9 different pediatric hospital wards. Many errors of prescription have been demonstrated: antibiotic therapy was based on the clinical impression alone in 31.5% of the prescriptions, antibiotic choice was rational in 20.1% and the posology prescribed complied with the usually applied schemes in 22.4%. Finally, the physician's attitude regarding laboratory monitoring of side-effects was adequate in 52.8% before treatment and 33.4% during antibiotic treatment.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Developmental Pharmacology and Therapeutics|
|Publication status||Published - 1981|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pharmacology (medical)
- Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)