Author(s): Siva Kumar. R, Sunil K R, Riju Pathak, Samuel Gideon George P

Email(s): sivarsk4596@gmail.com

DOI: 10.5958/0974-360X.2021.00160.8   

Address: Siva Kumar. R1, Sunil K R1, Dr. Riju Pathak2*, Dr. Samuel Gideon George P3
1Department of Pharmacy Practice, Krupanidhi College of Pharmacy, Bangalore-560035, Karnataka, India.
2Department of Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy, Krupanidhi College of Pharmacy, Bangalore-560035, Karnataka, India.
3Biostatistician, Department of pharmacy practice, Krupanidhi College of Pharmacy, Bangalore-560035, Karnataka, India.
*Corresponding Author

Published In:   Volume - 14,      Issue - 2,     Year - 2021


ABSTRACT:
Objective: To assess the knowledge and interest of the community pharmacists about their role in TB suspect referral programme and DOTS provisions in Bengaluru. Methodology: A descriptive observational study was carried out in 180 pharmacies in different areas of Bengaluru out of which 150 pharmacists had participated in the study. The retail pharmacy details were collected and they were made to fill KAP questionnaire. Each question under the knowledge and attitude was scored to assess their KAP level regarding Tuberculosis and their willingness to participate in the TB suspect referral programme. The interested pharmacist details were forwarded to RNTCP wing. The unwilling pharmacist were further educated regarding the Programme. Results: A total of 150 pharmacists participated in the study from different areas of Bengaluru. Assessment of extent of Knowledge, Attitude and Practice about Tuberculosis and TB suspect referral programme showed that a majority of them had a poor Knowledge score. A very few pharmacists had accepted for storing RNTCP drugs. The remaining pharmacists had given the few reasons like lack of time, lack of storage space, lack of qualified pharmacist. Conclusion: The Pharmacist Knowledge, Attitude, Practice about Tuberculosis and TB suspect referral programme are the important determinants to assess the pharmacist. A combined effect from members of District Tuberculosis Centre can make the attainment of the coverage of the areas in Bangalore.


Cite this article:
Siva Kumar. R, Sunil K R, Riju Pathak, Samuel Gideon George P. Assessment of Knowledge and Interest of Community Pharmacists for TB Suspect Referral Programme and DOTS Provisions in Bengaluru. doi: 10.5958/0974-360X.2021.00160.8


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