Table 1

Summary of measures
Measure Patient record Telephone interviews with physicians Telephone interviews with medical assistants Practice registration form
Structure of practice
Sociodemographic data of physicians
Number of years worked as a physician / medical assistant
Type of practice (e.g. single or community practice)
Patient characteristics
Number of patients quartlerly
Sociodemographic data of patients
Percentage of patients older than 65 years
Diagnosis of patient
Patients participation in chronic care programs
Patients number of doctor visits
Long-term and acute medication (e.g. dosage and active ingredients)
Other therapies and interventions as well as their frequency and duration (e.g. physiotherapy, patient education and rehabilitation)
Weighting of influencing factors during medication prescription
Noncompliance of patients receiving polypharmacy
Reports of adverse events, interactions or other consequences of polypharmacy
Describing typical patients, reporting problems with medication
Taking account of recommendations in the PRISCUS-List
Organization and processes in practice
Needed time for treating patients receiving polypharmacy
Difficulties on patient admission
Potential for changing practice organization to improve the treatment of patients receiving polypharmacy
Potential and difficulties concerning cooperation with pharmacies
Use of individual case vignettes in practice
Evidence of formal qualifications of medical assistants

Köberlein et al.

Köberlein et al. BMC Family Practice 2013 14:119   doi:10.1186/1471-2296-14-119

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