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ASSESSMENT OF KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDE OF PRESCRIPTION WRITING AMONG INTERNS IN A TERTIARY CARE TEACHING HOSPITAL

Dr. Revathy Saravanan* and Ganeshkumar D.

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Introduction: As prescribing is an art and an essential part of
physician adequate knowledge and confidence on drug efficacy, safety
and competence in prescribing are important. It is ideal to achieve the
skill to prescribe rationally during internship period itself while still
under supervision. This study has been planned to assess the
knowledge and attitude of interns to suggest possible steps to make
them good competent prescribers. Materials and Methods: A cross
sectional questionnaire based study was conducted among 100 interns
of tertiary care level hospital in Pondicherry in December 2014 to
January 2015. Descriptive statistics was applied for the data analysis.
RESULTS: Knowledge about generic name with their advantages and
trade name were good in 65% and 75% of our participants. But their
knowledge regarding format of the prescription and their contents is
very poor with only 4% of interns being familiar.77%-84% were not
aware of p-drug concept. Prescriptions of seniors and clinical teachers, textbooks and others
like CIMS, MIMS were expressed as their references. 93%-96% have stated that training or
refreshing will improve their prescribing skills. DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: Lack
of knowledge and prescribing medicines irrationally by interns have been observed in some
studies. Causes for prescribing errors and the impact of training in improving them has been
established by systematic analysis of such studies .Even with average to good knowledge as
seen in our study, academic and practical training in and during the internship will sensitize
them which can be practiced and corrected under the guidance of teachers. This will improve their prescribing behavior so that rational use of medicines and health benefits can be promoted.

Keywords: Prescribing Knowledge and Attitude of Interns, prescribing errors and their causes, training for rational prescription.


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