FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH UNNECESSARY DRUG THERAPY AND INAPPROPRIATE DOSAGE IN JIMMA UNIVERSITY SPECIALISED HOSPITAL, SOUTH WEST ETHIOPIA
To assess factors associated with unnecessary drug therapy and inappropriate dosage in hospitalized patients. A hospital based cross-sectional study design was employed. The study was conducted in Jimma University Specialized Hospital, Jimma, which is 345 Km from South west of Addis Ababa. All patients who were admitted to medical ward from February 5 – March 21, 2011 were included in the study. Data on socio-demographic variables, past medical history, past medication history, current diagnosis, current medications, vital signs and relevant laboratory data were collected by using bed side patient interview guided semi-structured questionnaire and data abstraction formats for card review. The data were analysed by using SPSS version 16 for windows. Descriptive statistics, cross-tabs, chi-square and logistic regression were done. Out of 257 study participants 140(54.5%) had unnecessary drug therapy or inappropriate dosage. The only independent factors which predicted the unnecessary drug therapy in study population was polypharmacy while not considering organ function test, polypharmacy and clinically significant potential drug-drug interaction were independent factors associated with inappropriate dosage. The prevalence of unnecessary drug therapy or inappropriate dosage is significantly high.
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