Table 4

Certainty of decision to prescribe antibiotics, when general practitioner thought pressure from patient influenced their decision, for patients who received antibiotics and for whom data are available (n=570). Values are numbers (percentages) of patients

Certainty of decisionNo patient pressure recorded by doctor (n=437; 77%)Patient pressure recorded by doctor (n=133; 23%)
Antibiotic indicated:395 (91)50 (37)
Antibiotic definitely indicated112 (26)2 (1)
Antibiotic probably indicated283 (65)48 (36)
Antibiotic not indicated:42 (9)83 (63)
Antibiotic probably not indicated42 (9)77 (58)
Antibiotic definitely not indicated06 (5)