help button home button ClinMed NetPrints
HOME HELP FEEDBACK BROWSE ARTICLES BROWSE BY AUTHOR
Warning: This article has not yet been accepted for publication by a peer reviewed journal. It is presented here mainly for the benefit of fellow researchers. Casual readers should not act on its findings, and journalists should be wary of reporting them.

This Article
Right arrow Full Text
Services
Right arrow Similar articles in this netprints
Right arrow Download to citation manager
Citing Articles
Right arrow Citing Articles via Google Scholar
Google Scholar
Right arrow Articles by Shankar, R. P
Right arrow Articles by Shenoy, N.
Right arrow Search for Related Content
PubMed
Right arrow Articles by Shankar, R. P
Right arrow Articles by Shenoy, N.
Related Collections
Right arrow Drugs:
Pharmacology and toxicology

Right arrow CLINICAL:
Medicine in Developing Countries

Right arrow Psychiatry:
Other Psychiatry

Right arrow Drugs: psychiatry

clinmed/2002060002v1 (July 26, 2002)
Contact author(s) for copyright information

Patterns of prescription and drug use in a psychiatry out-patient department in a teaching hospital in western Nepal

Ravi P Shankar, Samit Roy, and Nagesh Shenoy

Aims: To find drug use patterns among out-patients attending the psychiatry OPD of Manipal teaching hospital, Pokhara, Nepal. Methods: The diagnosis, duration of treatment, drugs prescribed, strength, frequency, duration of treatment and the cost of prescription were analyzed in 239 patients. An attempt was made to relate prescription data to the age and sex of the patients. Results: Mean SD drugs per prescription was 1.55 0.79 for men (n=115) and 1.89 0.81 for women (n=124). 71.3% of the drugs were prescribed by brand names and the mean SD cost of drugs per prescription was 52.56 43.45 Indian rupees. The prescribing frequency of antidepressants, anxiolytics, antipsychotics and antimania drugs were 45.94% (187/407), 19.41% (79/407), 8.6% (35/407) and 1.96% (8/407) respectively. Women were prescribed more antidepressants than the men. No clear trends were noted in prescribing frequency of drugs was observed. Conclusions: The issue of prescribing by brand names needs to be addressed. Studies on patient compliance and dropout rate from treatment are urgently required





HOME HELP FEEDBACK BROWSE ARTICLES BROWSE BY AUTHOR