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Knowledge, attitude and practice of community towards adverse drug reaction (pharmacovigilance) in Lucknow city

Author : Dheeraj Kumar Singh, Sanjay Khanna, Pratap Shankar, Sachin Tutu, Preet Lakhani, Rakesh Kumar Dixit

Adverse drug reactions (ADR) are one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity in India. Community are first to report and also in contact with patients around them, so assessing their knowledge, attitude and practice towards adverse drug reactions is very helpful. To assess knowledge, attitude and practices of community of Lucknow City towards adverse drug reactions (ADR). Cross-sectional study was conducted at Lucknow City during the period of June 2015 to November 2015 among 150 community members. We had interviewed them with questionnaire which included 8 questions related to knowledge, 6 questions related to attitude and 6 questions related to practice towards adverse drug reaction (ADR). Community members had poor knowledge and practice but good attitude towards adverse drug reactions (ADR). Our findings suggested the need for positive, evidence based educational and managerial interventions regularly to improve ADR reporting.


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