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Table 5 Attitudes of physicians towards safety

From: Factors influencing prescribing behaviour of physicians in Greece and Cyprus: results from a questionnaire based survey

  Which sources do you consult in order to get informed about the ADRs of a drug?
  Greece Cyprus Difference p-value
National Medicines Organization 65.70% 48.70% 17.00% 0.000
Internet 33.06% 37.82% -4.76% 0.200
Pharmaceutical representatives 42.61% 41.97% 0.64% 0.866
Media 16.86% 11.92% 4.94% 0.052
Colleagues 38.54% 21.24% 17.30% 0.000
Other 4.32% 11.40% 7.08% 0.001
  The appearance of ADRs affects your prescribing decision?
  Greece Cyprus Difference p-value
Very much 51.21% 43.01% 8.20% 0.030
A lot 43.13% 47.15% -4.02% 0.300
A little 4.91% 9.84% -4.93% 0.026
Not at all 0.75% 0.00% 0.75% 0.000
  How many times have an ADR appeared in your patients in the past two years?
  Greece Cyprus Difference p-value
None 46.68% 8.81% 37.87% 0.000
1–5 times 46.26% 57.51% -11.25% 0.004
6–10 times 5.04% 19.69% -14.65% 0.000
More 2.02% 13.99% -11.97% 0.000
  For such cases did you send a "yellow card*" to inform the authorities?
  Greece Cyprus Difference p-value
Yes 37.43% 11.92% 25.51% 0.000
No 62.57% 88.08% -25.51% 0.000
  1. *Yellow card is a form that needs to be filled by the physician if side effects appear in order to inform the authorities.