Accession Number : ADA260952
Title : Controlling Pharmaceutical Costs: A Study to Identify Physician Prescribing Patterns.
Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jul 91-Jul 92,
Corporate Author : ACADEMY OF HEALTH SCIENCES (ARMY) FORT SAM HOUSTON TX HEALTH CARE STUDIES DIV
Personal Author(s) : Heier, David R
Report Date : Jun 1992
Pagination or Media Count : 61
Abstract : The cost of health care in the United States is increasing every year and now consumes more than 12% of the Gross National Product, which roughly equates to $733 billion (Castro, 1991). Numerous studies and initiatives have been undertaken by a variety of private and governmental organizations to control health care expenditures. Several have involved the control of pharmaceutical costs. The purpose of this study was to determine those personal characteristics (variables) associated with physician providers that indicate if a given provider routinely writes outpatient prescriptions which are more costly than those written by his/her peers. A multiple linear regression analysis approach was utilized to determine which, if any, variables are significant. A sample group of 129 physicians, comprising 17 different specialties, was studied. Three operant (dependent) variables were used as measures of high-cost outpatient prescribing behavior. Additionally, 52 predictor (independent) variables were used. The results yielded 11 significant predictors of high-cost prescribing behavior at the .05 level.
Descriptors : *COST ANALYSIS , *DRUGS , *MEDICAL SERVICES , HIGH COSTS , CLINICAL MEDICINE , LINEAR REGRESSION ANALYSIS , PHYSICIANS , PUBLIC HEALTH , HEALTH SURVEYS , PHARMACIES
Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE