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Abstract

QUALITY AND FORMS OF MEDICATION INFORMATION PROVIDED TO PATIENTSBY COMMUNITY PHARMACISTS IN KHARTOUM NORTH, TOWN CENTER, SUDAN.

Linah Faza* and Kamal-Addin Mohammad Ahmad Idris

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Background: Up to the researchers' knowledge, this study is the first of its kind in Sudan. To use their medications safely and appropriately, patients need up-dated, comprehensive, balanced and understandable medication information. Pharmacists, as medications specialists, are expected to be the main providers of that information. Objective: To evaluate the: the quality and forms of medication information provided by Sudanese community pharmacists to patients. Method: A structured and pre-piloted questionnaire of (24) closed ended questions, was handed over by one of the researchers, to (130) respondent community pharmacists. Results: The majority of the respondents were young (<35 years), females (65.4%). A majority (92%) of them considered the provision of medication information to patients, a professional responsibility. Medication information provided was (88.2%) and 52.78% for benefits and risk attributes, respectively. The majority of respondents provided medication information in verbal form (61.5%) while only (31.5%) provided a written form. Majority of respondents (59.2%) did use to advise patients to read the medications' leaflets. There was a significant correlation between respondents’ gender and their provision of information about medications’ doses, indications and administration (P 0.002, 0.044 and 0.002), respectively. There was also a significant correlation between respondents' years of experiences and expression of side effect style, patient satisfaction with provided medication information and the source of medication information (P 0.046, 0.001 and 0.05) respectively. Conclusion: Respondents’ provision of medication information to patient was just fair, though it was of unbalanced in forms and contents.

Keywords: Medication, information, forms, provision, patients, community pharmacists, Sudan.


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