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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109
Volume 5, Issue 2, 2012 pp 100-103
Comparative Analysis of Prescription Writing by Teaching and Non-Teaching Clinicians in and around Guntur
G. B. Simpson and G. Naveen Choudary
Department of Pharmacology, Katuri Medical College, Chinakondrupadu, Guntur-522019, Andhra Pradesh, INDIA.
Academic Editor : Dr. Aher K.R.
Aim: To study the prescribing patterns of clinicians working in two different settings. i.e. a) Teaching clinicians (clinicians working in teaching hospital) and b) Non-teaching clinicians (clinicians involved in private practice). Materials and methods: Comparative cross sectional study was carried out for a period of 6 months in 2 different settings. The study is confined to a) Qualified medical practitioners in Katuri medical college and hospital (Teaching clinicians) b) Qualified medical practitioners in Private health sector(PMPs) or (Non-teaching clinicians).450 prescriptions were collected from clinicians belonging to various departments of KMC &H and 450 prescriptions from private practitioners of Guntur city. Data were coded and entered with the help of a statistician to minimize data entry errors. Data were analysed on EPINFO version 3.5.4 and MS EXCEL. Results: It was found that non-teaching clinicians prescribed in average number of drugs for prescription (3.28) more than teaching clinicians (2.82).Teaching clinicians prescribed 73 drugs (5.75%) by generic name, whereas non-teaching clinicians prescribed 62 drugs (4.18%). Number of drugs prescribed from essential drug list was compared in both the settings. Teaching clinicians prescribed 860 drugs (67.76%) from the essential medicines list, whereas non-teaching clinicians prescribed only 574 drugs (38.78%) from the essential medicines list. Number of injectables prescribed by both categories of clinicians is compared. Non-teaching clinicians prescribed 130 drugs (8.78%) compared to 52 drugs (4.09%) by teaching clinicians. Teaching clinicians prescribed 283(28.30%) drug combinations compared to 462(31.21%) drug combinations prescribed by non-teaching clinicians. Among the total drugs prescribed in different categories by teaching clinicians more than 46% (46.48%) were from two major groups, antimicrobials 24.11% and NSAIDs 22.37%. Non-teaching clinicians prescribed about 54% (54.04%) Antimicrobials 29.52% and NSAIDs 24.52%. Conclusion: The results indicate a considerable scope for improving the prescribing patterns of drugs in both the settings.