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Table 3 Flow of patients in the OD after the ban

From: The influence of a ban on outpatient intravenous antibiotic therapy among the secondary and tertiary hospitals in China

Questions for the OD doctors (n = 178) Often n(%) Sometimes n(%) Occasionally n(%) Never n(%)
After the ban implementation, how often did you see patients who did not need IV antibiotics but demanded one in the OD from you? 37 (20.8) 75 (42.1) 59 (33.1) 7 (3.9)
After the ban implementation, how often did you see patients who demanded IV antibiotics in the OD from you and you referred him or her to the ED in the hospital? 23 (12.9) 71 (39.9) 55 (30.9) 29 (16.3)
After the ban implementation, how often did you see patients who demanded IV antibiotics in the OD from and you referred him or her to the primary care? 14 (7.9) 48 (27.0) 46 (25.8) 70 (39.3)
After the ban implementation, how often did you see patients who demanded IV antibiotics in the OD from you and you referred him or her to an inpatient ward in the hospital? 1 (0.6) 41 (23.0) 44 (24.7) 92 (51.7)
Questions for the ED doctors (n = 113) Often Sometimes Occasionally Never
After the ban implementation, how often did you see patients who were referred by other doctors from OD to ED only to get an IV antibiotics prescription? 44 (38.9) 47 (41.6) 20 (17.7) 2 (1.8)
After the ban implementation, how often did you see patients who visited ED for the purpose of getting an IV antibiotics prescription? 47 (41.6) 46 (40.7) 16 (14.2) 4 (3.5)