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Table 2 Overview of recorded consultations and prescriptions at both sites

From: Strengthening pharmaceutical systems for palliative care services in resource limited settings: piloting a mHealth application across a rural and urban setting in Uganda

  Urban hospice Rural clinic
Patient data capture
Time period of data collection 197 days (Sep 14 – Mar 15) 297 days (Aug 14 – May 15)
Number of patients recorded on application n = 381 n = 74
Number of consultations recorded n = 474 n = 88
Number of patients with 1 consultation n = 314 n = 60
Number of patients with 2 consultations n = 44 n = 13
Number of patients with 3 consultations n = 18 n = 1
Number of patients with 4 consultations n = 5 n = 0
Median initial pain score (1 - 5) 3 (n = 57; 12 % of consultations) 3 (n = 69; 78 % of consultations)
Mobile phone contact details recorded n = 68 (18 % of patients) n = 41 (55 % of patients)
Prescribing data
Median number of prescriptions per consultation n = 2(range = 8) n = 0 (range = 4)
Number of consultations with no prescription n = 68 n = 57
Number of consultations with 1 drug prescribed n = 58 n = 12
Number of consultations with 2 drugs prescribed n = 134 n = 14
Number of consultations with 3 drugs prescribed n = 99 n = 3
Number of consultations with >3 drugs prescribed n = 119 n = 2
Number of individual drugs prescribed at site n = 474a n = 57
Morphine prescribing
Total morphine prescriptions (% of all consultations) n = 281 (59.03 %) n = 26 (29.21 %)
Morphine (oral or MST) only n = 65 (13.66 %) n = 11 (12.34 %)
Morphine and laxative n = 216 (45.33 %) n = 15 (16.85 %)
Laxative only n = 23 (4.83 %) n = 0 (0 %)
Prescription(s) not including morphine or laxative n = 172 (36.13 %) n = 62 (69.66 %)
Proportion of all morphine prescriptions with laxative 76.87 % 57.69 %
Proportion of all morphine prescriptions without laxative 23.13 % 42.31 %