This horizontal stacker bar graph compares the strength of the first prescription dispensed for this GP’s patients who have used a PPI medicine in 2016, to the strength of the last PPI prescription dispensed in the last 6 months of 2017.
Two horizontal stacker bars are shown on the y-axis. The top bar reflects the percentage of unique patients who received a PPI prescription in 2016, and the bottom horizontal stacker bar reflects percentage of unique patients who received a PPI prescription in 2017.
Three strength groupings are displayed in 2016, high-strength first from the left in orange, followed by standard-strength second from the left in purple and low-strength third from the left in green.
Four bars are displayed in the bottom stacker bar for 2017. High-strength first from the left in orange, followed by standard-strength second from the left in purple, low-strength third from the left in green and zero prescriptions last in blue.
Percentage of patients is displayed on the x-axis, and ranges from 0 to 100% increasing in 20% increments. The total number of unique patients is also displayed on the x-axis label.
In calendar year 2016, this GP had 198 unique patients using PPI treatment.
Looking at first PPI prescription dispensed in 2016 for those patients:
- 15% had a high-strength PPI dispensed
- 80% had a standard-strength PPI dispensed
- 5% had a low-strength PPI dispensed
Following the same patients in July to December 2017:
- for 5%, the last PPI prescription dispensed during this time period was for high-strength PPI
- for 55%, the last PPI prescription dispensed during this time period was for a standard-strength PPI
- for 3%, the last PPI prescription dispensed during this time period was for a low-strength PPI
- 37% did not have any PPI prescriptions dispensed during this time period
A note is provided at the bottom: Due to patients receiving multiple strength PPI medicines, percentages may not total 100%. n = total number of patients.
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