TITLE OF THE MANUSCRIPT -A PRESCRIPTION AUDIT AND ASSESSMENT OF DRUG UTILIZATIONPATTERN IN A TERTIARY
Objective: Irrationalprescribing habit has become a common practice due to which each year large number of drugs are consumed by patients leading to their unsafe treatment and increasingthe economic burden.Prescription auditing can be an important tool which checks the overall performance of systems to meet specified standards of drug prescribing in order to improve the quality of prescriptions.The present study was conducted to assess the prescription and drug utilization pattern in a tertiary care teaching and referral hospital in Uttar Pradesh, in order to investigate the rational use of drugs.
Methods: The study was carried out in the general medicine outpatient-department setting for a period of three months in our tertiary care teaching and referral hospital. A total number of 350 prescriptions were randomly sampled. Photocopies of all the prescriptions were obtained from the department OPD during the period of the study and was processedand analysed with the help ofthe Microsoft Excel and SPSS version 25.0.
Results:350 prescriptions were randomly sampled, out of which 312 prescriptions were fit to be analyzed. Total no. of drugs in 312 prescriptions were 1022. Basic information of patient was written in 79.25% prescriptions, 84.25% prescriptions were legible and only 71.21% prescriptions were complete. The majority of prescriptions had at least five drugs ordered which constituted to around 43.14% of total number of prescriptionsleading to polypharmacy.
Conclusion:Our study highlights that there is a scope for improvement in prescribing patterns in areas ofwriting legible and complete prescriptions.In order to lay down the principles of rational pharmacotherapeutics proper training of the prescribers on rational prescription writing is the need of an hour for improving the quality of prescriptions.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
The publication is licensed under CC By and is open access. Copyright is with author and allowed to retain publishing rights without restrictions.