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Study: Resident prescribing habits influenced by senior physicians

Residency Program Insider, July 24, 2015

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Residents are more likely to prescribe a costly brand-name cholesterol-lowering drug if they are supervised by an attending physicians who tend to prescribed it, according to researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

The study analyzed prescribing data of residents for statins, which are used to lower blood cholesterol levels. It found that residents had a 41.6% probability of prescribing expensive brand-name statins if supervised by an attending physicians who mostly prescribed them. When residents were supervised by attending physicians who mostly prescribed cheaper generic statins, the probability dropped to 22.6%.

Source: Penn Medicine

 



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