Morbidity patterns and prescribing habits in Harare primary care clinics.

Dizwani AG, Stein CM, Todd WT, Parirenyatwa D, Chakonda J
Fam Pract. 1985 2 (2): 82-5

PMID: 4007318 · DOI:10.1093/fampra/2.2.82

A prospective study of 1000 patients drawn from 10 Harare primary care clinics was mounted to determine the symptom and disease patterns seen, and the drugs used in primary care clinics. Children less than four years old comprised 38% of patients seen. Respiratory infection was the commonest diagnosis. Antibiotics were prescribed for 54.3% of patients comprising 28% all prescriptions. Patients received on average 2.4 drugs per visit and only 1.9% of patients received no medication.

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Adolescent Adult Ambulatory Care Facilities Anti-Bacterial Agents Child Child, Preschool Drug Prescriptions Female Humans Infant Male Middle Aged Morbidity Primary Health Care Zimbabwe

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