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KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE AND PRACTICE (KAP) TOWARDS DISPOSAL OF MEDICINES: A QUALITATIVE STUDY AMONG HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS IN SOUTH INDIA

Lagishetty Radhakrishna, Prabhu Nagarajan*, Suvidya Sushima Vijayanandhan , Thirumalaikolundusubramanian Ponniah

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The main objective of this investigation is to explore knowledge, attitude and practice of Medical professionals (Doctors, Nurses) towards the safe disposal methods and the hazardous effects of improper disposal of pharmaceuticals. A qualitative interview study was conducted. Data was collected by face to face semi structured interview among Medical doctors, dental doctors and nurses. Data was analysed by conventional content analysis. The current study has evaluated the common disposal methods that are followed. It was ruled out by this study that, safe disposal methods for various categories of pharmaceuticals in an environment friendly route were less in practice and given less importance. This study emphasizes the need for proper disposal methods, to avoid the contamination of pharmaceutical waste in environment. Most of the interviewees suggested necessary action should have to be taken towards giving information, training, educating and making policies towards disposing the pharmaceuticals to minimise the risk.

Keywords: safe disposal, medical professionals, qualitative, environment.


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