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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 48-51

Awareness about prescribed drugs among patients attending Out-patient departments

1 Department of Pharmacology, SGRD IMSAR, Amritsar, India
2 Department of Dentistry, SGRD IMSAR, Amritsar, India
3 Department of Physiology, Chintpurni Medical College, Pathankot, Punjab, India

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DOI: 10.4103/2229-516X.112240

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Background: Communication skills play an important role in establishing doctor-patient relationship is widely recognized throughout the world. The information passed on to the patients affects the treatment outcomes. Objectives: The present study was undertaken to evaluate the level of awareness among OPD patients about prescribed drugs. Materials and Methods: A total of two hundred sixty four patients having a valid prescription from a doctor practicing in allopathic system, visiting 4 different chemist shops in a North Indian city were enrolled in the study. All the enrolled patients were given a preformed questionnaire to be answered on the spot. Results: It was found that though a considerable number of patients were aware about the therapeutic effects of the drugs and the manner of administration of the medicines; they lacked information regarding the side effects, warnings and the information their doctor may require at the next consultation. Conclusion: The study highlighted the fact that doctors need to spend more time with the patients to make them active participants in the drug therapy.

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