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Do rural consumers expect a prescription from their GP visit? Investigation of patients' expectations for a prescription and doctors' prescribing decisions in rural Australia.

Authors
  • Cutts, Christopher
  • Tett, Susan E
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Australian journal of rural health
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2005
Volume
13
Issue
1
Pages
43–50
Identifiers
PMID: 15720314
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Rural patients demonstrated similar rates of hope for a prescription to those found in previous urban studies. Rural doctors seem to be similarly 'accurate' and 'inaccurate' in determining patients' expectations. Rates of prescribing were comparable to urban rates. Distance was not found to increase the level of patient expectation, affect the doctors' perception or to influence the decision to prescribe.

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