Survey on legibility of prescriptions in private and government clinical setups in South India

Author : Saravanakumar M, Revathi P

Prescription is a written instruction by a medical practitioner that authorizes a patient to be issued with a medicine. It is a medico legal document that should be written legibly, accurately and completely in capital letters. The present study was carried out over one month period in different private and Government clinical setups in South India. Patient and drug data was recorded that contain patient particulars, diagnosis, investigations, drug details and information from the prescriber regarding the indication of prescribing agents, duration of therapy. But survey showed most of the prescriptions contains patient particulars and medications only in which 95.5% of prescriptions are unclear; unreadable; illegible which is a serious problem that may lead to dispensing errors and treatment complications.

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