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Drug therapy is an essential part of medical treatment. It has a lot of advantages, but it also has a lot of disadvantages, such as adverse drug reactions (ADRs). ADRs are a worldwide public health concern. In its most severe form, it can result in hospitalizations, morbidity, and death. This study aims to assess the knowledge and attitudes and practices of pharmacy students on ADR reporting in India.
A cross-sectional descriptive, online questionnaire-based survey on ADR reporting practices was conducted among pharmacy students of various pharmacy colleges across India. This study was conducted from April to May 2022. A total of 387 responses were collected from pharmacy students. The data was coded, entered and analyzed using SPSS Version 21. The comparison of the knowledge, attitude and practices of pharmacy students on ADR reporting across various pharmacy colleges in India was analyzed using Mann Whitney U test. The association between demographics of pharmacy students and their KAP was assessed using Chi-square test.
There was no statistically significant difference in the knowledge, attitude and practices of pharmacy students across India.
The knowledge of pharmacy students on ADR reporting was comparatively good across India. However, this higher knowledge scores failed to influence their attitude and reporting practices. Therefore, there is a room for improvement in the reporting of ADRs.