Research Articles

2019  |  Vol: 5(4)  |  Issue: 4 (July- August)  |
Knowledge, attitude and the practice (KAP) of Pharmacovigilance among health care professionals of a tertiary care teaching hospital of South India

Satyajit Mohapatraa*, Althab Begum M.b, Sashwath Srikanthc, R. Jamuna Ranid

aDepartment of Pharmacology, SRM MCH&RC, Kattankulathur, Tamilnadu, India

bPost graduate, Dept of Pharmacology, SRM MCH&RC, Kattankulathur, Tamilnadu, India

cFinal year MBBS student, SRM MCH&RC, Kattankulathur, Tamilnadu, India

dProfessor & Head, Department of Pharmacology, SRM MCH&RC, Kattankulathur, Tamilnadu, India

*Address of the Corresponding Author

Dr. Satyajit Mohapatra

Associate Professor

Department of Pharmacology, SRM MCH&RC, Kattankulathur, Tamilnadu, India


Objective: To study the knowledge, attitude and practice among the health care professionals in a tertiary care teaching hospital. Material and Methods: A questionnaire based survey was done among the different health care professionals like doctors, interns and nurses. The participants were asked to fill a validated pre designed questionnaire and return it to the department. The questionnaire included the basic knowledge of ADR, attitudes towards the ADR and the voluntary reporting system, practices regarding ADR reporting system, reasons for failures to report, etc. Results: A total of 105 health professionals participated in the study. About 51.42% of the doctors, 57.14% of interns and 42.85% of nurses were aware of the national pharmacovigilance programme of India (PvPI). Only 48.5% of participants were aware of the existence of pharmacovigilance center in our institution. A total of 27.6% of them had reported ADR with majority being nurses (42.85%). Conclusion: There is a great need to create awareness among the doctors to improve the reporting of ADRs and understand its needs. Timely and adequate awareness campaign should be organized to overcome the underreporting of ADR.

Keywords: ADR, Pharmacovigilance, awareness, knowledge, attitude, practice

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