Table 4

Odds ratios (OR) with 95% confidence intervals (95% CI) for being in a higher prescribing cost category for modifiable variables when estimated in a proportional odds model with six unmodifiable factors and significant two way interactions as covariates (only modifiable variables with p<0.05 are presented)

Odds ratio (95% CI)p value (adjusted Wald test)Sample size for model
My normal practice is to see drug reps in my surgery (OR for decreasing frequency)0.68 (0.58 to 0.80)<0.01965
When a new drug becomes available, what I do most commonly is to:
    Seek published findings967
    Use on a few and monitor2.53 (1.82 to 3.49)<0.01
    See what consultants do1.04 (0.72 to 1.50)0.84
    Other1.15 (0.79 to 1.68)0.45
When faced with a patient who expects a prescription, (which is not clinically indicated) my usual response is to (OR for decreasing likelihood of prescription)0.67 (0.53 to 0.85)<0.01931
I find criticism of my prescribing habits by colleagues (OR for decreasing usefulness)1.37 (1.08 to 1.74)<0.01956
In what proportion of your consultations do you feel frustrated by having too little time (OR for 10 unit increase in percentage of consultations)1.08 (1.02 to 1.14)0.01960
I feel that a patient consultation that ends with me giving advice only is (OR for decreasingly satisfactory)1.27 (1.05 to 1.54)0.02962
In my practice, there are adequate mechanisms for reviewing patients need for repeat prescription (OR for decreasing agreement)1.26 (1.04 to 1.53)0.02966
When I am uncertain about an aspect of a drug treatment, my first action, before I write the prescription is to:
    Check in BNF965
    Check in MIMS1.50 (1.04 to 2.15)0.03
    Other1.39 (0.96 to 2.02)0.08