M Kumaraswamy, Laxman Wagle*, Jeet Bahabhur Moktan, Niraj Shrestha, Treesa Augustine
Aim of this study was to evaluate the prescribing habits of physician in emergency unit of tertiary care teaching hospital based on World Health Organization prescribing indicators. A prospective observational study for a period of 6 months was conducted after ethical research committee approval. All the patients visiting at emergency unit were enrolled. Data were measured in frequency, mean and percentage using Microsoft excel. Among 600 patients, we found males (68.66%) were more than females (31.33%) and majority (35.83%) under the age group of 21-40 years. Average number of drugs per prescriptions were 4.01±1.68 where 22.28% of drugs were generics, 16.33% of drugs were antibiotics, 83% of drugs were injections, 89.98% of drugs were from Indian essential drug list and 62.30% of drugs were from WHO essential drug list. Based on these results it was possible to promote rational use of drugs by improving physician prescribing habits.
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