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Table 1 The domains, items and findings from the prescription quality checklist. (N = 9199)

From: Quality of medical prescriptions in diabetes and hypertension management in Kerala and its associated factors

DomainsItemsAvailability N (%)
General prescription quality1. Date of prescription8444 (91.8)
2. Dose, route and timings clearly mentioned9154 (99.5)
3. Medical Diagnosis mentioned2298 (25.0)
Patient information quality4. Patient Age mentioned8709 (94.7)
5. Patient Gender5157 (56.1)
6. Patient Height/Weight/BMI365 (4.0)
7. Patient Blood Pressure5268 (57.3)
8. Patient Blood sugar/HbA1c3178 (34.5)
Medication/Pharmacological intervention qualityDiabetes (N = 2730) 
9. “Metformin” prescribed2103 (77.0)
10. Statins prescribed458 (16.8)
11. ACEI/ARB prescribed9 (0.3)
12. Use of more than one drug from same group48 (1.8)
Hypertension (N = 3373) 
13. Is patient on 24 h antihypertensive3196 (94.8)
14. ACEI/Beta Blocker/CCB/Thiazide Diuretics3196 (94.8)
Diabetes with Hypertension 9–14 (N = 3096) 
“Metformin” prescribed2257 (72.9)
Statins prescribed889 (28.7)
ACEI/ARB prescribed1387 (44.8)
Use of more than one drug from same group9 (3.1)
Is patient on 24 h antihypertensive2887 (93.2)
ACEI/Beta Blocker/CCB/Thiazide Diuretics2887 (93.2)
Lifestyle modification advice/Additional Points15. Tobacco cessation advice5 (0.1)
16. Weight reduction17 (0.2)
17. Alcohol consumption cessation6 (0.1)
18. Salt restriction5 (0.1)
19. Improving physical activity5 (0.1)