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dc.identifier.citationStokke, Guro. Self-prescribing among young Norwegian doctors: . Prosjektoppgave, University of Oslo, 2005en_US
dc.description.abstractBackground Self-prescribing among doctors is common, but no longitudinal studies have documented this issue. We studied the self-prescribing behaviour among young Norwegian physicians and the predictors of self-prescribing. Methods We conducted a nationwide, prospective and longitudinal study following young Norwegian physicians from internship through the subsequent nine years using three postal questionnaires. Chi-square tests and logistic regression models were applied. Results About 54% of the physicians in their fourth and ninth postgraduate years had self-prescribed medication at least once during the previous year. Among those who had used prescription medication during the previous year, about 90% had self-prescribed. Self-prescribing behaviour did not differ significantly between men and women, or according to the type of work at any time. The most frequently self-prescribed medications were antibiotics (71% 81%), contraceptives (24% 25%), analgesics (18% 21%), and hypnotics (9% 12%). Those who had needed treatment for mental problems self-prescribed hypnotics and sedatives to a greater extent than the others. Being male, having self-prescribed during internship, somatic complaints, mental distress, subjective health complaints, and not having sought help from a general practitioner were significant adjusted predictors of self-prescribing in the ninth postgraduate year. Conclusions The level of self-prescribing among young Norwegian physicians is relatively high, and this behaviour is established early in their professional lives. Although self-prescribing is acceptable in some situations, physicians should seek professional help for illness. Efforts to implement a more rational help-seeking behaviour should probably start in medical schools.nor
dc.titleSelf-prescribing among young Norwegian doctors: : a nine-year follow-up study of a nationwide sample.en_US
dc.typeMaster thesisen_US
dc.creator.authorStokke, Guroen_US
dc.identifier.bibliographiccitationinfo:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:ctx&ctx_ver=Z39.88-2004&rft_val_fmt=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:dissertation&rft.au=Stokke, Guro&rft.title=Self-prescribing among young Norwegian doctors: &rft.inst=University of Oslo&rft.date=2005&rft.degree=Prosjektoppgaveen_US
dc.contributor.supervisorØivind Ekebergen_US

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