Medicine counseling services at Tertiary care Hospital in Nepal
Keywords:Medicine counseling, Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act-1990, MCC, Nepal
Background and Objectives: Patient needs specific guidelines from their pharmacist in support of better compliance of their medicine used. Counseling of the patient and patient representative is important for improving the therapeutic out comes. Counseling patients can improve their understanding regarding medication, disease and life style modifications which in turn improves compliance.
Material and Methods: Patients and/or patient party were counseled as per the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act-1990 guidelines. The data was collected as per OBRA-90 during the period of eighteen month and was analyzed using statistical software SPSS version 17.
Results: Three hundred and fifty patients were counseled during the study period. Majority of the counseled patients were females [75.9%]. Mean counseling time taken by the pharmacist was 7.43 minute. Minimum time taken to counsel the patient was 6-10 minutes in 58.41% of the counseled, followed by less than 5 minutes in 19.68% and 11-15 minutes in 8.89%. About 10.47% were counseled for more than 15 minutes by the pharmacist. Greater numbers of the patients referred to the Medicine Counseling Center (MCC) were from Obstetrics and Gynecology departments and most of them were directed by doctors [50.47%].
Conclusion: This study highlights that role of doctor is important to encourage patient to attend counseling services. Counseling is the integral part that not only help patient to understand the use of their medicine but also to improve their therapeutic out comes. The effect of counseling on compliance should be studied in future.
Janaki Medical College Journal of Medical Sciences (2013) Vol. 1 (1):14-20
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