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Table 2 Association between classification of reaction type, severity and level of contraindication by health professional

From: Adverse drug reaction classification by health professionals: appropriate discrimination between allergy and intolerance?

Health profession Correct classification of reaction type and severity, N (%) Correct classification of reaction type and contraindication, N (%) Correct classification of severity and contraindication, N (%)
Carbamazepine, Stevens–Johnson syndrome (severe, absolutely contraindicated)
 Medical (n = 160) 118 (73.8) 122 (76.3) 138 (86.3)*,**
 Nurse (n = 50) 15 (30.0) 19 (38.0) 18 (36.0)
 Pharmacist (n = 96) 77 (80.2) 78 (81.3) 90 (93.8)*,**
 Medical student (n = 88) 64 (72.7) 63 (71.6) 75 (85.2)*,**
 Overall (n = 394) 274 (69.5) 282 (71.6) 321 (81.5)*,**
ACE, angioedema (moderate, absolutely contraindicated)
 Medical (n = 160) 24 (15.0) 32 (22.5) 48 (30.0)*,**
 Nurse (n = 50) 7 (14.0) 3 (6.0) 16 (32.0)*,**
 Pharmacist (n = 96) 7 (7.3) 19 (19.8)* 22 (22.9)*
 Medical student (n = 88) 9 (10.2) 2 (2.3)* 13 (14.8)**
 Overall (n = 394) 47 (11.9) 56 (14.2) 99 (25.1)*,**
Morphine, hives (mild, use with caution)    
 Medical (n = 160) 36 (22.5) 21 (13.1)* 31 (19.4)**
 Nurse (n = 50) 11 (22.0) 10 (20.0) 13 (26.0)
 Pharmacist (n = 96) 12 (13.5) 11 (12.5) 17 (17.7)
 Medical student (n = 88) 3 (3.4) 3 (3.4) 11 (12.5)*,**
 Overall (n = 394) 62 (15.7) 45 (11.4) 72 (18.3)**
  1. *p < 0.05 by comparison to ‘correct classification of reaction type and severity’
  2. **p < 0.05 by comparison to ‘correct classification of reaction type and contraindication’