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Prescription rates of adrenaline auto-injectors for children in UK general practice: a retrospective cohort study

Overview of attention for article published in British Journal of General Practice, March 2017
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Title
Prescription rates of adrenaline auto-injectors for children in UK general practice: a retrospective cohort study
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British Journal of General Practice, March 2017
DOI 10.3399/bjgp17x689917
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Authors

Lavanya Diwakar, Carole Cummins, Ronan Ryan, Tom Marshall, Tracy Roberts

Abstract

Adrenaline auto-injectors (AAI) should be provided to individuals considered to be at high risk of anaphylaxis. There is some evidence that the rate of AAI prescription is increasing, but the true extent has not been previously quantified. To estimate the trends in annual GP-issued prescriptions for AAI among UK children between 2000 and 2012. Retrospective cohort study using data from primary care practices that contributed to The Health Improvement Network (THIN) database. Children and young people aged between 0-17 years of age with a prescription for AAIs were identified, and annual AAI device prescription rates were estimated using Stata (version 12). A total of 1.06 million UK children were identified, providing 5.1 million person years of follow-up data. Overall, 23 837 children were deemed high risk by their GPs, and were prescribed 98 737 AAI devices. This equates to 4.67 children (95% confidence interval [CI] = 4.66 to 4.69), and 19.4 (95% CI = 19.2 to 19.5) devices per 1000 person years. Between 2000 and 2012, there has been a 355% increase in the number of children prescribed devices, and a 506% increase in the total number of AAI devices prescribed per 1000 person years in the UK. The number of devices issued per high-risk child during this period has also increased by 33%. The number of children being prescribed AAI devices and the number of devices being prescribed in UK primary care between 2000 and 2012 has significantly increased. A discussion to promote rational prescribing of AAIs in the NHS is needed.

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Unknown 6 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 1 17%
Other 1 17%
Researcher 1 17%
Professor > Associate Professor 1 17%
Unknown 2 33%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 3 50%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 1 17%
Unknown 2 33%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 210. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 05 June 2017.
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#28,749
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#3
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