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Table 5 Number of prescriptions and the three most frequently prescribed medications and referrals of pregnant and non-pregnant women

From: Do pregnant women contact their general practitioner? A register-based comparison of healthcare utilisation of pregnant and non-pregnant women in general practice

Prescriptions
Pregnant women n = 15,123   Non-pregnant women n = 102,564  
During pregnancy and postpartum period (336 days)   Random period of 336 days  
Number of prescriptions:    
 Median (IQR) 1(0–3)   2 (1–5)
 Mean (SD) 2.1(3.5)   4.4(7.3)
Women without a prescription 47.9%   15.8%
Number of prescriptions in women who received a prescription:
 Median (IQR) 3(1–5)   3 (2–7)
 Mean (SD) 4 (4)   5.9(7.9)
Most frequently prescribed medication per 100 women
Antibacterials for systemic use (J01) 16.4 Sex hormones and modulators of the genital system (G03) 20.8
Antianemic preparations (B03) 11.4 Antibacterials for systemic use (J01) 12.2
Gynaecological anti-infectives and antiseptics (G01) 10.8 Anti-inflammatory and antirheumatic products (M01) 10.2
Most frequent referral to other healthcare professionals per 100 women
Pregnant women n = 15,123   Non-pregnant women n = 102,564  
During pregnancy and postpartum period (336 days), Random period of 336 days
Obstetrician/midwife 5.1 Physiotherapist 1.6
Midwife 3.3 Obstetrician/midwife 1.0
Physiotherapist 2.2 Dermatologist 0.9