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Table 1 Population characteristics, GPs availability and prescribing in 39 neighbourhoods

From: Variation in prescribing for anxiety and depression: a reflection of health inequalities, cultural differences or variations in access to care?

Explanatory variables Median Range
Ethnicity   
"Asian" ethnic group (%) 4 0 to 57
First language other than English (%) 10 0 to 61
Area Deprivation   
Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD 2000) 53.6 23.8 to 78.8
Health   
% "poor" health in past 12 months 23.5 14.5 to 33.3
Mental health SF-36 score (mean) 73.7 68.1 to 77.8
Availability of primary care   
% reporting "very/fairly easy access" to GP 71 56 to 87
Number GPs per 10 000 population 4.97 3.92 to 6.94
Outcome: Prescribing rates (average prescription days per head of population 2002) Rate (interquartile range) Range
Anxiolytic drugs (BNF category 4.1.2) 2.25 (1.51 to 3.10) 0.53 to 4.79
Antidepressant drugs (BNF category 4.3) 16.51 (12.16 to 16.51) 7.29 to 28.65
Anxiolytic + Antidepressant drugs 19.91 (13.77 to 24.23) 8.45 to 31.40