Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice of Pharmacovigilance Among the Healthcare Professionals in A Tertiary Care Hospital – A Questionnaire Study
Srinivasan V1, Sheela D2 and Mridula D1

1Department of Pharmacology, Saveetha Medical College and Hospital, Chennai-602105, India.

2M.B.B.S, Saveetha Medical College and Hospital, Chennai-602105, India.

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Abstract: The Pharmacovigilance Programme of India (PvPI) aims at sensitizing the healthcare professionals towards strengthening the Spontaneous reporting system in order to protect the lives of millions of people living in a vast country like India. Currently India’s contribution to global drug safety database is about 3%, which is meagre in comparison with the huge population. In terms of number India has reported 1,81,656 ADR’s over the period from April 2011 – March 2016 to National Coordination Center (NCC) for Pharmacovigilance Programme of India (PvPI).This present study was done to identify the possible factors responsible for underreporting (UR) of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) and encourage the healthcare professionals  to substantiate  the Pharmacovigilance Programme of India (PvPI). The present study was a cross-sectional questionnaire-based study to assess the knowledge, attitude, and practice (KAP) of pharmacovigilance among practicing healthcare professionals working in the Saveetha Medical College & Hospital, Thandalam, Chennai. The statistical analysis was done using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 23 software. The result shows difference in explicit knowledge and tacit knowledge among healthcare professionals. Attitude questions have identified the affective behaviour of the respondents and practice questions shows evidence of a paradigm shift towards an organized pharmacovigilance constructivism. KAP of the healthcare professionals highlights the under-reporting of ADR, Multimodality interventions are needed to improve spontaneous ADR reporting.

Keywords: Pharmacovigilance; Knowledge; Attitude; Practices; Underreporting

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