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2017 Month : June Volume : 3 Issue : 1 Page : 5-9

ANALYSIS OF KNOWLEDGE OF INTERNS REGARDING ESSENTIAL DRUGS CONCEPT AND RATIONAL USE OF DRUGS IN GENERAL PRACTICE AND IMPACT OF ORIENTATION- A QUESTIONNAIRE-BASED STUDY.

Siddhi P. Surlakar1, Padmanabh V. Rataboli2

Corresponding Author:
Siddhi P. Surlakar,
H. No. 124, Jagannath Niwas,
Borda, Margao-403601, Goa.
E-mail: siddhi19021990@gmail.com

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND

Internship is a period of medical apprenticeship under the supervision of a senior consultant. The intern in addition to learning clinical skills, is expected to demonstrate a good clinical judgement and prescribe rationally. Thus, interns are the junior most doctors in a tertiary care hospital.

Objective- To analyse the knowledge, attitude and practice of rational use of medicines and the impact of orientation in interns in a tertiary care teaching hospital.

MATERIALS AND METHODS

This was a question­naire-based study which included 100 interns of a tertiary care teaching hospital wherein interns were made to answer practical questions before and after the orientation lecture.

RESULTS

All students individually scored higher in the post-test as compared to pre-test. The mean score of the batch was 22 in the pre-test as compared to 34 in the post-test. Student’s T-Test was applied for analysis of data. The result was statistically significant. Seventy six percent respondents were aware about the term Essential Drugs at pre-test and this increased to 88% at post-test. Only 13% interns knew about P-drugs at pre-test. After orientation lecture, 94% wrote the answer correctly.

CONCLUSION

The findings of present study showed that a few interns had knowledge about rational use of drugs, and a great deal of training is required to bridge the gap between theoretical MBBS Course and actual clinical practice.

KEYWORDS

Essential Medicines, P-Drugs, Rational Use of Drugs.

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