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Antibiotic prescribing is higher in deprived areas of England

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6117 (Published 12 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6117
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Prescribing of antibiotics has fallen steadily over the past five years in England, but the gap in prescribing levels between the least and most deprived areas is widening, a new analysis indicates.

The charity Antibiotic Research UK and the data analysis company EXASOL used prescribing data released by the government’s Health and Social Care Information Centre on the number of antibiotic prescriptions written by GPs and subsequently dispensed between August 2010 and July 2015. From the data they produced a “heat map” showing the hotspots of antibiotic …

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