Assessment of knowledge, attitude and practice of reporting of adverse drug reaction among family physicians in Surat city

Kirti Saxena, Sachendra K. Srivastava


Background: Majority of the patients first contact the family physicians (FP) for treatment. If adverse drug reaction (ADR) occurs necessary measures are taken and ADR managed but usually not reported. The present study was conducted to assess knowledge, attitude and practice of reporting of ADR among family physicians.

Methods: The study was a prospective cross-sectional questionnaire based study. The correctly filled forms from 90 family physicians were analysed based on 20 questions (knowledge 10, attitude 5, and practice 5).

Results: Majority of family physicians were aware regarding the occurrence of ADR and 59% of them were aware that all ADR should be reported. Most of (71%) the physicians do not know there is ADR reporting form. Majority of them (93%) are aware that reporting of ADR is necessary that will increase patient safety (92%). About 78% of physician were aware that ADR can be reported by any of health care professional. However, about 71% do not know how to report and where to report ADR. Only few of them (19%) have reported ADR.

Conclusions: The family physicians of Surat have adequate knowledge about pharmacovigilance and aware that ADR should be reported. However, most of them have not reported any ADR due to various reasons.


ADR, Pharmacovigilance, Knowledge, Attitude, Practice

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