Research Articles

2020  |  Vol: 6(5)  |  Issue: 5 (September- October)  |
An interim report on knowledge, attitude and practice of non-communicable diseases among masses in Kadapa region of Andhra Pradesh, India

Poornachand Tadisetti1*Cheedella Hari Kumar2

1Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Ananthapuramu, Ananthapur - 515002, Andhra Pradesh, India

2Vasavi institute of pharmaceutical sciences, Kadapa - 516247, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Poornachand Tadisetti

Research Scholar, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Ananthapuramu, Ananthapur - 515002, Andhra Pradesh, India



Background: Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) were the major health care problems in developing countries like India and which were usually considered as the great concern to be addressed. Objectives: To monitor the Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) among subjects suffering from various NCDs in rural settings to urban settings and improve the medication adherence, dietary and life-style modifications. Also, bring awareness on cost minimization methods. Methodology: This study was conducted prospectively by using WHO step wise questionnaire from March 2019 to March 2020. Results and discussion: A total of 512 subjects were recruited into the study and 74.21% (n = 380) of subjects were male and 25.78% (n = 132) subjects were female. The diabetic and hypertensive subjects of 42.96% (n = 220), diabetic and thyroid subjects of 7.03 % (n = 36) and other conditions constitute about 50 % (n = 256). It was also found that the overall impact of patient counseling was 83% (n = 425) and the awareness regarding dietary modifications were very poor. The educational status of the study population and the analysis includes the following, 70.70% (n = 362) of subjects were literates and 29.29% (n = 150) subjects were illiterates and it was evident that that 12.10% (n = 62) of subjects were on vegetarian diet and 87.89% (n = 450) subjects were on mixed diet. Conclusion: Based on the study results it was demonstrated that clinical pharmacy services play a pivotal role in improving the health status of patients.

Keywords: Medication adherence, co morbidities, cross sectional study, non communicable diseases

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