Published: 2017-01-10

Studies on the concept, knowledge and attitude of the rational use of medicines among the sixth semester 2nd MBBS student of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences, Porompat, Imphal, Manipur, India

Varkung Valte, Premchand M. Singh, Indira Raleng


Background: The present study was designed to accesses the concept, knowledge and attitude of rational use of medicine among the  sixth semester  2nd MBBS students with the aim to install rational use of medicine amongst the prescriber right from the grass root level.

Methods: The study has been conducted in Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences Porompat, Imphal, Manipur during 2015-2016 session. The studies has been organised in accordance with World Health Organisation (WHO) Good Prescribing Guide. The students were subjected to presented questionnaire on concept, knowledge and attitude on the rational use of medicine. The design of the study is simple cross sectional study. Percentage, proportions and means are used for descriptive statistics while the associations are calculated using corresponding tests for the associations.

Results: The majority of the students have a clear cut concept in the present studies (96.7%); integration with other subject (80.3%); usefulness in the future practice (98.3%); initiative and willingness  (91.0%); learning the topic in the MBBS course (95.0%); out of the total questionnaire of 61, only 7 questions on concept, knowledge and attitude have been selected for further analysis. 3.2% do not have the knowledge of RUMs; 13.1% do not feel necessary to integrate with other subjects; 8.1% are indecisive, 4.91% do not feel necessary to learn RUMs; 16.3% do not have any idea about the role of evaluation.

Conclusions: The present study will enlightened the young energetic medical students to practice rational use of medicine and improves WHO Good prescribing method and rational pharmacotherapy skills in the future.


Rational use of medicine (RUM), Medical student, Adverse drug reactions (ADRs), World Health Organisation (WHO)

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