OBJECTIVE To determine how often primary care physicians prescribe eradication therapy for peptic ulcer disease (PUD) and nonulcer dyspepsia (NUD). STUDY DESIGN During a 2-year period (1998-2000) we analyzed data concerning patients with PUD or NUD seen by 80 Italian primary care physicians uniformly distributed throughout the country. We classified patients as having a definitive or presumptive diagnosis on the basis of the completeness of the diagnostic workup and interpreted the prescription of antibiotics for dyspepsia as evidence of attempted eradication of Helicobacter pylori. POPULATION Consecutive ambulatory patients. OUTCOME MEASURED The frequency with which predefined groups of patients receive eradication therapy. RESULTS Of 6866 patients, 690 (10%) received eradication therapy. Of 2162 patients with PUD, 596 (27.6%) received eradication therapy; of 4704 patients with NUD, however, only 94 (2%) received this treatment (P = .0001). A total of 341 (37.7%) of 904 PUD patients with a definitive diagnosis were given eradication therapy and 255 (20.3%) of 1258 PUD patients with a presumptive diagnosis were give therapy (P less than .0001). In NUD patients, 7 of 743 (0.9%) with a definitive diagnosis received eradication therapy, while 87 (2.2%) of 3961 of those with a presumptive diagnosis received the same therapy (P = .025). CONCLUSIONS While Italian primary care physicians appropriately target eradication therapy for H pylori infection in patients with peptic ulcer disease rather than nonulcer disease, the intervention was still underused in these patients. Improvements in this prescribing behavior are needed.

Palombi, L., Pietroiusti, A., Noce, A., & Galante, A. (2002). Do primary care physicians underprescribe antibiotics for peptic ulcer disease?. THE JOURNAL OF FAMILY PRACTICE, 51(3).

Do primary care physicians underprescribe antibiotics for peptic ulcer disease?

PALOMBI, LEONARDO;PIETROIUSTI, ANTONIO;GALANTE, ALBERTO
2002

Abstract

OBJECTIVE To determine how often primary care physicians prescribe eradication therapy for peptic ulcer disease (PUD) and nonulcer dyspepsia (NUD). STUDY DESIGN During a 2-year period (1998-2000) we analyzed data concerning patients with PUD or NUD seen by 80 Italian primary care physicians uniformly distributed throughout the country. We classified patients as having a definitive or presumptive diagnosis on the basis of the completeness of the diagnostic workup and interpreted the prescription of antibiotics for dyspepsia as evidence of attempted eradication of Helicobacter pylori. POPULATION Consecutive ambulatory patients. OUTCOME MEASURED The frequency with which predefined groups of patients receive eradication therapy. RESULTS Of 6866 patients, 690 (10%) received eradication therapy. Of 2162 patients with PUD, 596 (27.6%) received eradication therapy; of 4704 patients with NUD, however, only 94 (2%) received this treatment (P = .0001). A total of 341 (37.7%) of 904 PUD patients with a definitive diagnosis were given eradication therapy and 255 (20.3%) of 1258 PUD patients with a presumptive diagnosis were give therapy (P less than .0001). In NUD patients, 7 of 743 (0.9%) with a definitive diagnosis received eradication therapy, while 87 (2.2%) of 3961 of those with a presumptive diagnosis received the same therapy (P = .025). CONCLUSIONS While Italian primary care physicians appropriately target eradication therapy for H pylori infection in patients with peptic ulcer disease rather than nonulcer disease, the intervention was still underused in these patients. Improvements in this prescribing behavior are needed.
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Rilevanza internazionale
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Sì, ma tipo non specificato
Settore MED/42 - Igiene Generale e Applicata
English
Helicobacter pylori; peptic ulcer; family physicians; eradication therapy [non-MeSH]; computer database [non-MeSH]
HELICOBACTER-PYLORI INFECTION; CONSENSUS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM; NONULCER DYSPEPSIA; MEDICARE PATIENTS; ERADICATION; RECURRENCE; REGIMENS; THERAPY
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Palombi, L., Pietroiusti, A., Noce, A., & Galante, A. (2002). Do primary care physicians underprescribe antibiotics for peptic ulcer disease?. THE JOURNAL OF FAMILY PRACTICE, 51(3).
Palombi, L; Pietroiusti, A; Noce, A; Galante, A
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