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Table 1 Prevalence of self-reported prescription behaviour among young physicians

From: Self-prescribing among young Norwegian doctors: a nine-year follow-up study of a nationwide sample

  Have not used prescription medication Have got all prescription medication from another physician Have self-prescribed on one or two occasions Have self-prescribed sometimes Have self-prescribed often
First postgraduate year (T1) # n = 397 90 (22.7%) 31 (7.8%) 215 (54.2%) 57 (14.4%) 4 (1.0%)
Fourth postgraduate year (T2) ## n = 422 158 (37.4%) 38 (9.0%) 177 (41.9%) 37 (8.8%) 12 (2.8%)
Ninth postgraduate year (T3) ## n = 387 136 (35.1%) 40 (10.3%) 162 (41.9%) 43 (11.1%) 6 (1.6%)
  1. # At T1, lifetime prevalence implies the last 2.5 years, since the students are allowed to prescribe medicaments from the 10 th semester as a part of their temporary medical license
  2. ## last year prevalence