Table 1

NSAID prescribing rates and gastrointestinal haemorrhage rates in all patients in the study practices and in other practices in the GPRD

Study practicesOther practices
NSAIDs, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs; GPRD, General Practice Research Database; ptpy, per thousand patient years.
No of practices 369 317
Patient years (thousands)22 064 8418
NSAID prescriptions (thousands)10 128 3249
NSAID prescriptions ptpy 459 386
Gastrointestinal haemorrhages (incident cases)26 06810 054
Gastrointestinal haemorrhages ptpy 1.18 1.19