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Knowledge, attitude, and practice of prescription writing among interns in a medical college

Nivethitha T, Vijayarangan S, Sai Thaejesvi G.

Abstract
Background: The NMC introduced new prescription guidelines in 2016. However, there still exists a lacuna in implementing these guidelines in practice. Interns are the future doctors, hence awareness about proper prescription practices becomes essential.

Aim and Objectives: This study aimed to evaluate the awareness of the interns about the recent guidelines, to detect common prescription errors, and to analyze whether a difference exists between male and female interns in the domains of knowledge, attitude, and practice of prescription writing.

Materials and Methods: An analytical cross-sectional study was conducted among 150 interns for 3 months at a medical college, after obtaining ethical clearance and informed written consent. Individuals unwilling to give informed consent were excluded. A pretested, structured questionnaire was used to assess the knowledge and attitude. Then, the interns were asked to prescribe for a common disease. The domains were scored according to a suitable grading system.

Results: A total of 150 interns were enrolled (90 females and 60 females). The mean age was 23 ± 0.5 years. The mean knowledge score (2.7 ± 0.83), attitude score (4 ± 1.94), and practice score were (5.75 ± 1.5). The mean scores of the male interns were higher than the female interns in all the three domains (knowledge - 1.95±0.87 vs 0.75±0.35, attitude 3.1±1.1 vs 1.3 ±1.25, and practice 6±1.73 vs 5±0 respectively). 25% (n = 38) wrote patient and doctor details, 50% (n = 75) wrote generic names, and the prescription was signed and sealed by 25% (n = 38).

Conclusion: Thus, the medical interns need to be sensitized to the new prescribing guidelines and to use generic names while prescribing.

Key words: Prescription Writing; Interns; NMC Guidelines


 
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T N, S V, G ST. Knowledge, attitude, and practice of prescription writing among interns in a medical college. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol. 2023; 13(11): 2207-2211. doi:10.5455/njppp.2023.13.02108202310042023


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T N, S V, G ST. Knowledge, attitude, and practice of prescription writing among interns in a medical college. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol. 2023; 13(11): 2207-2211. doi:10.5455/njppp.2023.13.02108202310042023



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T N, S V, G ST. Knowledge, attitude, and practice of prescription writing among interns in a medical college. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol. (2023), [cited February 01, 2024]; 13(11): 2207-2211. doi:10.5455/njppp.2023.13.02108202310042023



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T, N., S, . V. & G, . S. T. (2023) Knowledge, attitude, and practice of prescription writing among interns in a medical college. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol, 13 (11), 2207-2211. doi:10.5455/njppp.2023.13.02108202310042023



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T, Nivethitha, Vijayarangan S, and Sai Thaejesvi G. 2023. Knowledge, attitude, and practice of prescription writing among interns in a medical college. National Journal of Physiology, Pharmacy and Pharmacology, 13 (11), 2207-2211. doi:10.5455/njppp.2023.13.02108202310042023



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T, Nivethitha, Vijayarangan S, and Sai Thaejesvi G. "Knowledge, attitude, and practice of prescription writing among interns in a medical college." National Journal of Physiology, Pharmacy and Pharmacology 13 (2023), 2207-2211. doi:10.5455/njppp.2023.13.02108202310042023



MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

T, Nivethitha, Vijayarangan S, and Sai Thaejesvi G. "Knowledge, attitude, and practice of prescription writing among interns in a medical college." National Journal of Physiology, Pharmacy and Pharmacology 13.11 (2023), 2207-2211. Print. doi:10.5455/njppp.2023.13.02108202310042023



APA (American Psychological Association) Style

T, N., S, . V. & G, . S. T. (2023) Knowledge, attitude, and practice of prescription writing among interns in a medical college. National Journal of Physiology, Pharmacy and Pharmacology, 13 (11), 2207-2211. doi:10.5455/njppp.2023.13.02108202310042023