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Table 3 Perceived aspects of drug information according to open-ended questionnaire responses (Item 6a and b)

From: GPs' opinions of public and industrial information regarding drugs: a cross-sectional study

Perceived aspects of drug information Public authorities (item 6aa) Pharmaceutical industry (Item 6ba)
  n = 205b n = 186b
Provide drug information and educationc 5.9% (12) 24% (44)
Provide useful information on how patient can use the drugc 3.4% (7) 17% (31)
Provide information of side effectsc 6.8% (14) 3.8% (7)
Provide economic aspects of drug therapyc 16% (33) 1.1% (2)
Provide information on new drugsc 3.9% (8) 38% (71)
Provide scientific judgement on drugsc 53% (109) 33% (61)
Provide information from public authoritiesc 60% (122) 1.6% (3d)
Provided information is objectivec 12% (25) 0.54% (1)
  1. a Question according to Table 1
  2. b Number of responders to the item
  3. c Responders wrote freely. The response was then classified into categories and counted. One responder can contribute to more than one alternative
  4. d GPs sometimes perceive that pharmaceutical industry present information from public authorities essential for their product.