ASSESSMENT OF KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE AND PERCEPTION TOWARDS GOOD PHARMACY PRACTICE IN COMMUNITY PHARMACISTS OF INDIA
Author Sangeeth Gandesiri, M. P. Srujana, Dr. Y. Padmanabha Reddy, Dr. Mohanraj Rathinavelu
Journal Title:World Journal of Pharmaceutical Research
Effective therapy with prescribed medicines requires a collaborative
process that includes physicians and pharmacists. Possible errors about
the medication can be detected and reduced by pharmacists?
interventions. The pharmacist is often the last member of the health
care team to see the patient, before the patient starts using the drug.
The current Prospective Knowledge Attitude Practice (KAP)
Questionnaire Study of 06 months duration was designed to assess the
knowledge, attitude and perception of community pharmacists towards
Good Pharmacy Practice and to study the attitudes towards their
professional practice and to determine their perceived competence in
various pharmaceutical activities. Among 100 participants, 74 were
male and 26 were female, where most of them falls in age group of 31
to 40 years, with professional status being registered pharmacists were
56 being D. Pharmacy and 44 being B. Pharmacy. Professional
experience was nearly 6 to 10 years in 34 pharmacists, 11 to 15 years in 34 pharmacists, 1 to
5 years in 22 pharmacists and more than 16 years in 17 pharmacists respectively, in which 67 participants owned their own pharmacies. The most important finding in the current study was the pharmacists low knowledge and practice level about GPP, while their attitude towards the subject was at high level. In Conclusion, the current practice of pharmacy surely needs an improvement which will be a core area to implement and improve pharmaceutical care with a concern on rationality use of medications.