COMPARATIVE STUDY OF EDUCATED AND UNEDUCATED POPULATION REGARDING KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE AND UNDERSTANDING OF PRESCRIPTION: A CROSS SECTIONAL STUDY
Dr. Kiran R. Giri*, Dr. Reena R. Giri, Dr. Kamlesh M. Palandurkar, Dr. Swanand Pathak, Dr. Shraddha Tatkare, Dr. Anita Yuwnati
Rationale: Rational use of drug is important for correct prescription; it should fulfil SANE criteria, which means
Safety, Affordability, Need, and Efficacy of the drug should always be consider before prescribing it to the patient.
Prescription errors are the most prominent type of medication errors. Objective: To assess the present status of
knowledge about knowledge, attitude and understanding of prescription in the patients and its correlation with
education. Method: A prevalidated questionnaire based study was conducted amongst 200 patients of tertiary
health care hospital. The questionnaire consisted of specific questions regarding understanding of prescription,
Questions regarding knowledge of patients and relatives about availability of same drugs with same combinations
with different trade names and with different costs, knowledge about purchasing other brand of drugs instead of
prescribed one, taking same drugs, buying incomplete dose of drugs. Statistical Analysis: Data was analyzed using
Fishers exact test to determine the impact of education on the answers. Result: Significantly large proportion of
patients opined that doctors do not have sufficient time to explain the prescription and they are not aware of generic
drugs, cost affect their purchase of prescription. Conclusion: Clinically relevant, up to date, user specific,
independent, objective and unbiased Medicines Information is the right of every patient and essential for
appropriate drug use and can help in a big way to common public to address many problems faced by them.
Keywords: Clinically relevant, education, Prescription, Unbiased.
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