Table 1

Thirty most frequently used Read codes for ‘other and non-specific’ antibiotic prescribing indications. 

Read codeRead termNumber of events*
9N31.00Telephone encounter51 504
6A…00Patient reviewed32 470
9N3A.00Telephone triage encounter26 900
246…00O/E - blood pressure reading25 502
242…00O/E - pulse rate15 918
9Z…00Administration NOS9278
22A…00O/E - weight8937
8CB…00Had a chat to patient8191
9N1C.11Home visit7813
1371Never smoked tobacco6065
9…00Administration5748
8 CAL.00Smoking cessation advice5664
8B3H.00Medication requested5661
137S.00Ex-smoker4642
137P.00Cigarette smoker4565
9N3G.00SMS text message sent to patient3990
8B3S.00Medication review3891
8CA…00Patient given advice3838
246…11O/E - BP reading3810
9N4…00Failed encounter3514
661M.00Clinical management plan agreed3305
9N58.00Emergency appointment2930
1…00History/symptoms2827
212…00Patient examined2691
81 H…00Dressing of wound2543
9Na…00Consultation2381
14 L…00H/O: drug allergy2277
1969Abdominal pain2102
9N32.00Third-party encounter1948
679…11Advice to patient - subject1939
  • *Multiple codes per date were analysed.

  • BP, blood pressure; H/O, history of; NOS, not otherwise specified; O/E, on examination.