HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
More than 50% of surveyed Norwegian doctors self-prescribe

More than half of Norwegian doctors surveyed prescribe themselves medication, and most of them start self-prescribing just after leaving medical school. A study published in the open access journal BMC Medicine reveals that a large number of doctors in Norway start self-prescribing early after graduation and continue doing so well into their career a finding that is likely to be mirrored in other western countries. Self-prescribing can be dangerous and should be avoided; medical students should be made aware of the dangers associated with it while at medical school.

Erlend Hem and colleagues, from the University of Oslo in Norway, conducted a study of a sample of students from all medical schools in Norway. They assessed the students' self-prescribing behaviour by asking them to fill in a questionnaire, one year, four years and nine years after graduation from medical school. In total, 252 students responded to all three questionnaires.

Hem et al.'s results show that 69% of doctors had self-prescribed once or more in their first year after graduation. These doctors were more likely to self-prescribe later in their careers than those who hadn't self-prescribed soon after graduation. Overall 54% of respondents in their fourth or ninth year after graduation had self-prescribed in the past year. Among respondents who had used prescription medication during the previous year, 90% had self-prescribed.

There were no differences in self-prescribing between men and women or between hospital physicians and general practitioners. The most frequently self-prescribed medications were antibiotics, contraceptives, analgesics and hypnotics. Hypnotics were self-prescribed by 12.4% of the doctors in their ninth year after graduation.

It may be convenient for doctors to self-prescribe, but self-prescribing can be dangerous for various reasons: it lacks the objectivity and professional distance that usually exist between a physician and a patient, and
'"/>

Contact: Juliette Savin
juliette.savin@biomedcentral.com
44-207-631-99-31
BioMed Central
20-Oct-2005


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Over 80 percent of college girls surveyed diet to lose weight
2. Most hospitals surveyed do not initially require board certification of pediatricians
3. Patients reports of domestic violence not recorded by a nearly a third of surveyed physicians
4. Norwegian government handles research fraud
5. Norwegian torpedo boat service associated with increased risk of birth defects
6. 6 out of 10 doctors arent frustrated that patients cant lower cholesterol
7. NY-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center doctors present at 2007 AUA Meeting
8. New doctors test kit to help prevent debilitating osteoporosis
9. Italian doctors get their information on medicines from drug company sales reps
10. Approved medical resident hours still resulting in sleepy doctors
11. MTAS will cause irreparable harm to 10,000 junior doctors

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:9/17/2019)... (PRWEB) , ... September 17, 2019 , ... ... (CISCRP) is pleased to announce the release of the third edition of The ... comprehensive, easy-to-read guide for patients, caregivers and families to navigate the clinical research ...
(Date:9/14/2019)... CULVER CITY, Calif. (PRWEB) , ... ... ... World Molecular Imaging Society (WMIS) showcased several first-in-human studies on the detection ... in Montreal. Highlighting two examples of these ground-breaking studies were noninvasive detection ...
(Date:9/11/2019)... ... September 12, 2019 , ... “Heart Seizures”: a useful source of ... disease as he hopes to prevent anyone from having it and to help those ... Saltwick, a writer who was diagnosed with coronary artery disease. Predicted to experience another ...
(Date:9/11/2019)... Fla. (PRWEB) , ... September 11, 2019 , ... ... Academy (UMA) and an accredited continuing medical education (CME) provider, is the official ... capacity, Global reviewed presentations, vetted speakers, and screened topics, as it has done ...
(Date:9/11/2019)... ... ... RMA of Connecticut , a leading fertility practice whose exceptional quality and ... that will demystify fertility age-related issues and will include complimentary fertility testing on ... “What’s Your Real Fertility Age,” will take place on Wednesday, October 2nd at 5:30 ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/14/2019)... YORK (PRWEB) , ... September 13, 2019 , ... ... were allegedly sexually abused by Dr. Reginald Archibald over at least 3 ... lawsuits, including Poppel v. Rockefeller (United States District Court - Southern District of New ...
(Date:9/14/2019)... ... September 13, 2019 , ... St. Joseph’s ... to celebrate the structural topping out of the St. Joseph’s Hospital patient tower ... include a new six-story patient tower that will house a two-story lobby, waiting ...
(Date:9/12/2019)... ... September 12, 2019 , ... Stratosphere Networks will sponsor ... take place on Monday, October 7 at Found Kitchen and Social House in Evanston ... research on GRIN2B-Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder. GRIN2B is a gene on the short arm of ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: