A Comparative Study on Prescription Pattern between Public and Private Hospital in Bangladesh
Pregnancy is one of the most important and vulnerable period for a woman and her upcoming child. It is of utmost important to ensure a rational prescribing pattern. However, due to dearth of current scientific evidence a gap in knowledge exist about the prescription pattern at this period in different institution. This study aimed to fill this gap by evaluating the pattern of drug prescription from the two tertiary care hospital in Dhaka city. This cross-sectional study was conducted at the outpatient department of Sir Salimullah Medical College and Dhaka National Medical College from January 2017 December 2017. Two hundred pregnant women of 18 years and above attending at the outpatient department of Gynae and obstetrics of Sir Salimullah Medical College and one hundred women of same criteria and same department of Dhaka National Medical College Hospital were interviewed and their prescription were evaluated. The study revealed a significant difference in sociodemographic characteristics among the two institutions. Among the pregnant women who visited the Sir Salimullah Medical College and Mitford Hospital (SSMC and MH) had an average 6.2 drugs in per prescription whereas in Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DNMCH) it was 5.7. Most of the drugs in both institutions were prescribed from FDA Category A. This study gives a brief overview of current prescription pattern and this will help in increasing the awareness of physicians and upcoming mothers and will help policy makers to take necessary steps to improve overall prescribing practice in the country.
Keywords - Prescribing Pattern, Bangladesh, Pregnancy