Table 2

Overview of the appropriateness of treatment prescribed by the GP and is cost

Treatment option

Appropriately treated patients N (%)

Inappropriately treated patients N (%)

Cost of medication


As prescribed by GP

478 (55.2)

388 (44.8)

€ 3,685 *


Empiric treatment with nitrofurantoin only

498 (57.5)

368 (42.5)

€ 2,222


Empiric treatment with trimethoprim only

455 (52.5)

411 (47.5)

€ 2,001


Empiric treatment with fluoroquinolones only

499 (57.6)

367 (42.4)

€ 7,691


Three treatment scenarios and their cost are also presented, i.e. if an antimicrobial was prescribed by the GP, what if this prescription was only nitrofurantoin, trimethoprim or fluoroquinolone.

*2 unknown prescriptions not included

Vellinga et al. BMC Family Practice 2011 12:108   doi:10.1186/1471-2296-12-108

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