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Title : AN IMPACT OF EDUCATIONAL INTERVENTIONS ON REPORTING OF ADVERSE DRUG REACTIONS
Authors : Patel SV, Desai CK, Patel PP, Dikshit RK
Abstract : The main objective of the present study was to evaluate the impact of educational interventions (IT) on adverse drug reaction reporting (AR). Randomly selected prescribers were assigned to group A (n= 84) or B (n= 85). Three months each of Pre (Pre- IP), Intervention – I (IP- I), IP- II and Post – IP were applied in sequence. IT included Pharmacovigilance Awareness Programme, posters, written and verbal reminders during IP-I & II. Inter-group and inter-phase change in the rate and quality of AR (score of 0-50) was estimated. Data was analyzed using Chi Square and Student’s “t” test. P<0.05 was considered as statistically significant. Improvement in AR rate (154% increase) and quality (Pre- IP: 34; IP-I: 35.6; IP-II: 36.3) of ADR reports was observed during IP- II as compared to Pre- IP. Group A showed significant improvement in the rate (62.6%) and quality of reports as compared to group B during both IP- I & II (p<0.01). However, upon withdrawal of IT, the impact attenuated with time. A positive impact of IT on rate and quality of AR was observed, albeit temporarily. Hence, administration of IT on a regular basis is recommended for a sustainable impact.

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