ASSESSMENT OF KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE AND PRACTICE OF PRESCRIBING FIXED DOSE COMBINATIONS AMONG POSTGRADUATE MEDICAL STUDENTS – A CROSS SECTIONAL SURVEYAbstract
Objective: To evaluate the knowledge, attitude and practice, regarding Fixed Dose Combinations (FDCs) among Postgraduate medical students of Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bengaluru. Materials and methods: The questionnaire based study was conducted among 150 Postgraduate medical students of BMCRI, Bengaluru. The data obtained was analyzed using descriptive statistics. Results: Out of the 150 postgraduate students, 74% were aware about the advantages and disadvantages of FDCs. The knowledge regarding the WHO Essential Medicine List (EML) was 63%. Knowledge about banned FDCs and rationality of various FDCs were 62% and 32% respectively. The common sources of information were textbooks and journals. 10% of them opined that FDCs should not be allowed to be marketed. The most commonly prescribed FDC was amoxicillin + clavulanic acid and the most common indication was respiratory tract infection. Conclusion: It was observed that there was a lack of awareness about rationality of FDCs among postgraduate students. Hence, there is a need to sensitize them regarding the efficacy, safety, suitability and rationality of FDCs.
Ankita Bedwal *, Aravinda V. and Kavitha Rajarathna
Department of Pharmacology, Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, KR Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
05 June, 2016
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