Evaluation of Knowledge, Attitude and Practices of Second Year MBBS Students, Interns and Pharmacists about 'Over the Counter (OTC) Drugs'
Journal of Medical Science And clinical Research
AIM AND OBJECTIVES: To assess and compare the knowledge of prescription writing between second year MBBS students, interns and clinicians at tertiary health care center and medical college. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross sectional, three armed questionnaire based comparative study was conducted after approval of institutional ethics committee. A questionnaire comprising of 25 questions was designed and validated by experts to assess the knowledge regarding prescription writing amongst second
... g amongst second year MBBS students, interns and clinicians. Maximum score of the questionnaire was 25. Statistical analysis: total marks scored was analyzed by "student's t-test" Percentages of correct answers were analyzed by "chi-square test". RESULTS: Excellent grade (marks between 19-25) was scored by 12% of Second year students, 24% of interns and 20% of clinician participants. Good grade (marks between 12-18) was scored by 56 % of second year students, 63% of interns and 55% of clinicians Average grade (marks below 12) was obtained by 32% of second year student, 13% by Interns and 25% by clinicians. The difference between the levels of knowledge about Prescription writing between second year MBBS students, Interns and clinicians was found to be statistically significant (p <0.014) Few doctors avoid writing prescription to their patients and they ask their junior's to do so. Thus though being clinically advanced but may have less of exposure to theoretical knowledge. CONCLUSION: We concluded from the study that the knowledge about prescription writing was better in interns than the clinicians and the second year students. Few interventions like regular seminars and workshops on Prescription writing should be organized for MBBS students and also for clinicians who can be conducted at appropriate forums as a part of continuing medical education. Conducting well timed prescription audit at OPD and IPD level can go a long way in achieving this goal.