Table 5

Patient knowledge of drugs dispensed drugs in primary care in Botswana by district and health facility

DistrictHealth facility
Ngami (n=1000; N=2137)Gaborone (n=997; N=2097)Kgalagadi (n=997; N=2227)Clinics (n=2000; N=4209)Health posts (n=994; N=2252)Total (n=2994; N=6461)Statistical significance†
Values are number (%).
N=6461 dispensed drugs with information on labelling score; N1=6929 prescribed drugs; n=2994 patients.
†Statistical significance: 1=Ngami-Gaborone, 2=Gaborone-Kgalagadi, 3=Ngami-Kgalagadi, 4=clinics/health posts; *p<0.01, **p <0.001.
‡A maximum score of 4 could be obtained.
Reason for prescription1932 (90)2011 (96)2030 (91)4024 (96)1949 (87)5973 (92)4*
Dosage of prescription1717 (80)1841 (88)1796 (81)3660 (87)1694 (75)5354 (83)4**
Number of days 682 (32)1245 (59) 992 (45)2148 (51) 717 (32)2865 (44)1** 2** 3** 4**
Name of drug 504 (24) 923 (44) 555 (25)1488 (35) 494 (22)1982 (31)1** 1** 4**
Mean knowledge score (95% CI)‡ 2.24 (2.20 to 2.28) 2.87 (2.82 to 2.91) 2.41 (2.37 to 2.45) 2.59 (2.56 to 2.63) 2.33 (2.29 to 2.37) 2.50 (2.48 to 2.53)