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Table 1 Trimester-wise break up of patients attending the antenatal clinics, whose prescriptions were collected.

From: Drug-prescribing patterns during pregnancy in the tertiary care hospitals of Pakistan: a cross sectional study

Trimester of Drug Prescription Sampling Unit Total
  AKUH CH CMCH BMCH NMCH  
  n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)
First trimester 16 (2.3) 29 (4.8) 128 (14.6) 132 (17.4) 105 (13.3) 410 (11.0)
Second trimester 203 (29.0) 158 (26.4) 287 (32.8) 331 (43.6) 271 (34.3) 1250 (33.6)
Third trimester 482 (68.8) 412 (68.8) 460 (52.6) 296 (39.0) 415 (52.5) 2065 (55.4)
Did not specify* 10 2 4 20 8 44
Total 711 (18.9) 601 (15.9) 879 (23.3) 779 (20.7) 799 (21.2) 3769 (100.0)
Mean ± SEM of number of drugs prescribed 1.84 ± 0.039 1.35 ± 0.023 1.39 ± 0.020 1.78 ± 0.027 1.92 ± 0.040 1.66 ± 0.014**
Range 1 – 10 1 – 5 1 – 4 1 – 6 1 – 8 1 – 10
  1. *These observations are not included in the percentage distribution of total number of patients by hospitals.
  2. ** p-value < 0.001 (using One Way ANOVA) i.e. a significant association was observed between number of drugs prescribed and hospitals. CH and CMCH are prescribing lesser number of drugs as compared to other hospitals.