Medical Prescription Pitfalls of Uncomplicated Urinary Tract Infections in Government Healthcare Facilities in Zambia
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The aim of this evaluation was to identify pitfalls in medical prescriptions of uncomplicated urinary tract infections in government healthcare facilities in Zambia. Design: This was a cross sectional and government healthcare facilities were conveniently sampled. Main outcome measures: Rate of compliance to Zambia national prescribing guidelines. Results: A total of 42 (75.0%) out of 56 students participated in the survey of whom 66.7% were males. Findings in this study has demonstrated significant drug misuse and over-prescription as participants were healthy individuals. Only 75.6% of prescriptions indicated patient's name and very small proportions of prescriptions (11.5%) indicated patients' address. In addition, relatively small proportion of prescriptions (68.8%) had generic names and many prescriptions (58.1%) had large blank spaces left. Furthermore, relatively large proportion of prescriptions were not signed (10.7%) and not dated (12.0%). Almost half of the prescriptions (47.6%) did not show prescribers' names and only small proportions of prescriptions had precribers' identification number (24.0%) and address or department (21.5%) indicated.
CitationBesa, C. and Siziya, S. (2017). Medical Prescription Pitfalls of Uncomplicated Urinary Tract Infections in Government Healthcare Facilities in Zambia. Medical Journal of Zambia. 44 (1)
SponsorshipOffice of Global AIDS/US Department of State.
Medical Journal of Zambia. 44 (1)
SubjectPrescription Drug Misuse--Zambia
Prescription Medicine Misuse,Urinary Tract Infections--Zambia
Clinical Pharmacology,Urinary Tract Infections--Zambia
Identifying pitfalls in medical prescriptions of uncomplicated urinary tract infections in government healthcare facilities in Zambia.
- Ministry of Health