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Table 5 Consultation time, dispensing time and percentage of drugs actually dispensed in DRH, HFSUH and KGH, eastern Ethiopia, Sep1-Nov 30, 2014 (n = 600)

From: Evaluation of rational drug use based on World Health Organization core drug use indicators in selected public hospitals of eastern Ethiopia: a cross sectional study

Patient care indicators DRH HFSUH KGH Overall WHO standards P-value
Average consultation time (minute) 4.27 (±117.64) 6.36 (±266.22) 3.20(±83.88) 4.61(±191.58) 10 min P < 0.001*
Average dispensing time (Sec) 88.62(±62.56) 37.58 (±30.35) 57.16(±40.78) 61.12(±51.01) >180 s P < 0.001*
Total number of drugs prescribed 405 410 485 1300   
Total number of drugs dispensed 325 284 376 985   
Percentage of drugs actually dispensed 80.25 69.27 77.53 75.77 100% P < 0.001*
  1. *One way analysis of variance (ANOVA), p value less than 0.05 was considered to be statistically significant