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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 22-24

A study of prescription writing practices of doctors in medical units in a teaching hospital

1 Department of Pharmacology, S.V. Medical College, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Government Medical College, Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, India
3 Department of Community Medicine, S.V. Medical College, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India

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G Ravi Prabhu
Department of Community Medicine, S.V. Medical College, Tirupati - 517 507, Andhra Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2277-8632.108508

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Background: Prescription order is an important transaction between the physician and the patient. Irrational prescribing is found throughout the world but because of scarcity of funds and resources, assumes increasing importance in the developing countries. Aim: To find out the elements of prescription writing in a tertiary care hospital. Settings and Design: Teaching hospital, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. The subjects were selected using systematic random sampling design. Materials and Methods: The study was carried out during January-March 2011 among 180 patients (both out-patient and in-patient) of the medical units. Statistical Analysis Used: The prescriptions were analyzed using MS Excel and Epiinfo 3.3.4 software and appropriate statistical tests of significance tests applied. Results: In all cases, prescription was written in lower writing case with a short signature. Although, superscription and transcription was satisfactory, the inscription dose, route, and duration were mentioned only in 52.8%, 33.9%, and 21.7% cases respectively, while subscription was satisfactory in 21.1% only. The prescription was written for inappropriate duration and dose in 78.3% and 47.2%, respectively. Conclusions: The prescription writing does not conform to the stipulated guidelines in majority of cases.

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