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Titolo:
Patterns of prescribing of nutritional supplements in the United Kingdom
Autore:
Gale, CR; Edington, J; Coles, SJ; Martyn, CN;
Indirizzi:
Abbott Labs, Div Med, Maidenhead SL6 4XE, Berks, England Abbott Labs Maidenhead Berks England SL6 4XE head SL6 4XE, Berks, England Univ Southampton, Southampton Gen Hosp, MRC, Environm Epidemiol Unit, Southampton, Hants, England Univ Southampton Southampton Hants England , Southampton, Hants, England
Titolo Testata:
CLINICAL NUTRITION
fascicolo: 4, volume: 20, anno: 2001,
pagine: 333 - 337
SICI:
0261-5614(200108)20:4<333:POPONS>2.0.ZU;2-0
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
DISEASE; COMMUNITY;
Keywords:
nutritional supplements; general practice; United Kingdom; body mass index; children; adults;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Clinical Medicine
Citazioni:
16
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: Edington, J Abbott Labs, Div Med, Maidenhead SL6 4XE, Berks, England Abbott Labs Maidenhead Berks England SL6 4XE , Berks, England
Citazione:
C.R. Gale et al., "Patterns of prescribing of nutritional supplements in the United Kingdom", CLIN NUTR, 20(4), 2001, pp. 333-337

Abstract

Background and Aims: A large number of prescriptions are issued for nutritional supplements under British National Formulary classifications 9.4.1 (foods for special diets) and 9.4.2 (enteral feeds), but little is known about the characteristics of the patients who receive them. We used the GeneralPractice Research Database to examine patterns of prescribing of these supplements. Methods: We selected patients who had been prescribed supplementsunder classifications 9.4.1 and 9.4.2 during 1996-1997. Descriptive statistics were used to examine how prescribing varied. Results: 28644 patients received prescriptions during 1996-1997. Among the 27413 (96%) patients prescribed supplements for oral use, 14750 received supplements for enteral nutrition alone, 8122 received supplements for special diets alone and 4541 had both types of supplement. 51% of patients receiving supplements for special diets were <18 years. The commonest diagnoses among such children were milk intolerance (24%) and malnutrition (17%). 94% of patients receiving supplements for enteral nutrition were adult, 52% of whom had cancer or cardiovascular disease. Only 4% of patients had weight and height recorded prior to first prescription. Conclusions: The GPRD provides valuable information on the characteristics of patients prescribed nutritional supplements. But because only limited data are available on their nutritional status prior to supplementation, it is hard to assess whether general practitioners are prescribing these supplements appropriately. (C) 2001 Harcourt Publishers Ltd.

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