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Table 4 Summary of antibiotics prescribed by village doctors during the competency assessment (N = 154)

From: Revisiting current “barefoot doctors” in border areas of China: system of services, financial issue and clinical practice prior to introducing integrated management of childhood illness (IMCI)

  n %
Injectable antibiotics* 85 55.2
 Penicillin 39 25.3
 First generation cephalosporin 31 20.1
 Third generation cephalosporin 11 7.1
 Metronidazole 9 5.8
 Others 5 3.2
Pattern of use   
 Only one antibiotic 75 48.7
 More than one antibiotic 10 6.5
Combination with other medicine   
 Alone 57 37.0
 With antiviral 16 10.4
 With traditional Chinese medicine (TCM**) 10 6.5
 With antiviral and TCM** 2 1.3
Oral antibiotics* 79 51.3
 Amoxicillin 69 44.8
 First generation cephalosporin 4 2.6
 Roxithromycin 3 1.9
 Gentamicin 3 1.9
 Third generation cephalosporin 2 1.3
 Metronidazole 2 1.3
Pattern of use   
 Only one antibiotic 70 45.5
 More than one antibiotic 9 5.8
Combination with other medicine   
 Alone 34 22.1
 With TCM** 37 24.0
 With antiviral 6 3.9
 With antiviral and TCM** 2 1.3
Injectable + oral antibiotics 52 33.8
  1. * Responses are not mutually exclusive.
  2. ** Traditional Chinese Medicine.