European Annals of Allergy and Clinical Immunology THE OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF AAITO THE OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF SPAIC HOME PAGE
EDITORS IN CHIEF
L. Cecchi (Italy)
P. Carreiro-Martins (Portugal)

DEPUTY EDITORS
R. Rodrigues Alves (Portugal)
M.B. Bilò (Italy)
 
ASSOCIATE EDITORS
R. Asero (Italy)
M. Branco Ferreira (Portugal)
E. Scala (Italy)
D. Solé (Brasil)
G. Sturm (Austria)

EDITORIAL BOARD
I. Agache (Romania)
I. Annesi Maesano (France)
L. Antonicelli (Italy)
G. Azizi (Iran)
L.M. Borrego (Portugal)
K. Brockow (Germany)
S. Bavbek (Turkey)
E. Cichocka-Jarosz (Poland)
M. Cugno (Italy)
L. Delgado (Portugal)
P. Demoly (France)
G. D'Amato (Italy)
S. Durham (UK)
M. Faber (Belgium)
M. Fernandez-Rivas (Spain)
J. Fonseca (Portugal)
ZS. Gao (China)
G.P. Girolomoni (Italy)
E. Goudouris (Brasil)
A. Grumach (Brasil)
G. Kostantinou (Greece)
F. Levi-Shaffer (Israel)
M. Maurer (Germany)
L. Mayorga (Spain)
C. Micheletto (Italy)
M. Morais de Almeida (Portugal)
G. Moscato (Italy)
A. Musarra (Italy)
C. Nunes (Portugal)
M. Ollert (Lussemburgo)
P. Parronchi (Italy)
G. Passalacqua (Italy)
E. Pedro (Portugal)
A. Perino (Italy)
O. Quercia (Italy)
A. Romano (Italy)
G. Scadding (UK)
A. Todo Bom (Portugal)
A. Tedeschi (Italy)
R. van Ree (Netherland)
D. Villalta (Italy)
S. Voltolini (Italy)

FOUNDERS
F. Bonifazi (Italy)
A. Sabbah (France)
************************* 

Chief Business & Content Officer
Ludovico Baldessin

Editorial Coordinator
Barbara Moret

Publishing Editor
Elisa Grignani
e.grignani@lswr.it
Ph. 0039 (0)2-88184.101

Production Manager
Paolo Ficicchia
p.ficicchia@lswr.it
Ph. 0039 (0)2-88184.222

Sales
Stefano Busconi
dircom@lswr.it
Ph. 0039 (0)2-88184.404

Printing
Rotomail Italia S.p.A.
Strada Rivoltana (SP 14)
12/AB 20060 Vignate (MI), Italy 

EDRA SpA 
Via G. Spadolini, 7
20141 Milano - Italy
Ph. 0039 (0)2-88184.1
Fax 0039 (0)2-88184.301
www.edizioniedra.it
Contents »

Prescribing patterns of medication for respiratory diseases - cluster analysis of the Portuguese electronic prescription database


A. Sá-Sousa anasasousa@gmail.com1,2, R. Amaral1,3, R. Almeida1,2, A. Freitas1,2, J. Almeida Fonseca1,2,4

Show more: Authors information and Publication history

Doi
http://doi.org/10.23822/EurAnnACI.1764-1489.186

Summary
We aimed to describe, for the first time, the prescribing patterns among patients on persistent respiratory treatment, from the Portuguese electronic prescription and dispensing database.This was a one-year retrospective population-based analysis of prescriptions (n = 39810) for medication for respiratory disease and exacerbations. Cluster analysis was applied based on medication and prescribers' specialty.Prescribing patterns were grouped and labelled as: possible medication for asthma and allergic rhinitis (General Practitioners-GPs and allergists to younger patients); COPD (GPs and pulmonologists to older patients); asthma or Asthma-COPD Overlap (GPs and pulmonologists); exacerbation, infection and relievers.This analysis was an important first step to understand the Portuguese reality on the treatment of respiratory diseases.

Key words
Asthma; pulmonary disease; chronic obstructive; cluster analysis; electronic prescribing; retrospective studies.

FULL TEXT