Table 3

Reasons that affect attitudes for prescribing CE drugs
a) 25-year old graduate student seeking to cope with the stress of graduate school b) 45-year-old employee hoping to improve productivity c) 65-year-old individual feeling concerns about his ability to perform everyday activities Statistical analysis (p-value, OR, CI)
Availability of non-pharma-cological methods of achieving the same goals 61.5% (n = 512) 52.8% (n = 439) 31.3% (n = 260) p < 0.001; OR: 0.071; CI: 0.039 – 0.127
Fear of misuse 60.6% (n = 504) 51.7% (n = 430) 21.8% (n = 181) p < 0.001; OR: 0.056; CI: 0.34 – 0.91
Patient does not need the drug 54.3% (n = 452) 43.4% (n = 361) 25.1% (n = 209) p < 0.000; OR: 0.073; CI: 0.048 – 0.112
Undermines the values of personal effort 26.9% (n = 224) 19.4% (n = 161) 8.4% (n = 70) p < 0.001; OR: 0.027; CI: 0.15 – 0.49
To help patient succeed 13.5% (n = 114) 17.9% (n = 149) 14.8% (n = 123) p = 0.498; OR: 0.141; CI: 0.109 – 0.181
Your cultural values 12.3% (n = 102) 11.3% (n = 94) 8.2% (n = 68) p = 0.057; OR: 0.005; CI: 0.001 – 0.014
Fear of legal liability 10.1% (n = 84) 7.1% (n = 59) 4.4% (n = 37) p = 0.000; OR: 0.002; CI: 0.000 – 0.014
It constitutes a form of cheating 10.1% (n = 84) 6.6% (n = 55) 2.6% (n = 22) p < 0.001; OR: 0.006; CI: 0.002 – 0.020
To improve patients’ overall health and wellness 7.5% (n = 62) 14.4% (n = 120) 38.7% (n = 322) p < 0.001; OR: 0.810; CI: 0.063 – 0.103
Respect for patients’ Autonomy 6.5% (n = 54) 8.7% (n = 72) 17.2% (n = 143) p = 0.004; OR: 0.042; CI: 0.028 – 0.062
To improve daily living 6.1% (n = 51) 13.9% (n = 116) 47.6% (n = 396) p < 0.001; OR: 0.096; CI: 0.075 – 0.122
Your religious believes 3.4% (n = 28) 3.6% (n = 30) 2.2% (n = 18) p = 0.625; OR: 0.004; CI: 0.001 – 0.012
Patients‘ socio-economic Status 3.0% (n = 25) 6.6% (n = 55) 4.8% (n = 40) p = 0.044; OR: 0.091; CI: 0.057 – 0.193
Drug is age-appropriate 1.6% (n = 13) 4.2% (n = 35) 20.7% (n = 127) p < 0.001; OR:0.040; CI: 0.024 – 0.065

Reasons affecting attitudes for prescribing CE drugs of the surveyed primary care physicians. Statistical analysis was carried using p-values, odds ratios (OR) and confidence intervals (CI).

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Franke et al. BMC Family Practice 2014 15:3   doi:10.1186/1471-2296-15-3

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