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Table 5 Reported reason for issuing antimicrobial prescription

From: An audit of antimicrobial prescribing by dental practitioners in the north east of England and Cumbria

Reason for prescribing Responses Percent of Cases
Number Percent
Patient’s condition 1572 50.8% 90.4%
Patient expectations 448 14.5% 25.8%
Patient preference 432 13.9% 24.8%
Time pressures 190 6.1% 10.9%
Patient uncooperative with other treatment 181 5.8% 10.4%
Unclear/uncertain diagnosis 116 3.7% 6.7%
Failure of other treatment 111 3.6% 6.4%
Failure of anaesthesia 47 1.5% 2.7%
Total 3097 100% 178 .1%