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How much do Blantyre dispensers in hospital and community pharmacies know about the new malaria treatment guidelines?
Malawi Med J. 2012 Mar; 24(1):1-4.MM

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To determine the knowledge of dispensers in hospital and community pharmacies within Blantyre on new malaria treatment guidelines.

METHODS

An interviewer administered questionnaire was used for data collection and the questions focused on the knowledge of dispensers on the new malaria treatment guidelines and whether the subjects were involved in the preparation or implementation of the guidelines or had undertaken any training on how to dispense the new anti-malarial medicines.

RESULTS

None of the participants had been involved in the preparation of the treatment guidelines and only 45.5% of the participants had undertaken the pre-implementation training. Ninety percent of the interviewees had knowledge concerning the appropriate treatment of malaria in pregnancy. However, as many as 90.9% of the interviewed participants could not mention any possible five or more side-effects of LA and only 13.6% knew how to properly manage the possible effects. Only 27.3% knew the correct dose regimen of LA and none of them knew the condition of taking LA with a fatty meal for improved absorption.

CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Lack of involvement of the pharmaceutical personnel working in hospital and community pharmacies, from the preparation of new malaria treatment guidelines to their implementation, inadequate training and qualifications of the dispensing personnel contributed to their lack of knowledge and skill on how to rationally dispense the medicines. Pharmaceutical personnel dispensing in the pharmacies need to be involved from the beginning in the preparation of treatment guidelines. Adequate training should be provided and followed by continuous professional education.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Ministry of Health, Lilongwe, Malawi.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23638259

Citation

Minyaliwa, Collins, et al. "How Much Do Blantyre Dispensers in Hospital and Community Pharmacies Know About the New Malaria Treatment Guidelines?" Malawi Medical Journal : the Journal of Medical Association of Malawi, vol. 24, no. 1, 2012, pp. 1-4.
Minyaliwa C, Bandawe C, Mwale RJ. How much do Blantyre dispensers in hospital and community pharmacies know about the new malaria treatment guidelines? Malawi Med J. 2012;24(1):1-4.
Minyaliwa, C., Bandawe, C., & Mwale, R. J. (2012). How much do Blantyre dispensers in hospital and community pharmacies know about the new malaria treatment guidelines? Malawi Medical Journal : the Journal of Medical Association of Malawi, 24(1), 1-4.
Minyaliwa C, Bandawe C, Mwale RJ. How Much Do Blantyre Dispensers in Hospital and Community Pharmacies Know About the New Malaria Treatment Guidelines. Malawi Med J. 2012;24(1):1-4. PubMed PMID: 23638259.
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TY - JOUR T1 - How much do Blantyre dispensers in hospital and community pharmacies know about the new malaria treatment guidelines? AU - Minyaliwa,Collins, AU - Bandawe,Chiwoza, AU - Mwale,Richman James, PY - 2013/5/3/entrez PY - 2012/3/1/pubmed PY - 2014/2/11/medline SP - 1 EP - 4 JF - Malawi medical journal : the journal of Medical Association of Malawi JO - Malawi Med J VL - 24 IS - 1 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To determine the knowledge of dispensers in hospital and community pharmacies within Blantyre on new malaria treatment guidelines. METHODS: An interviewer administered questionnaire was used for data collection and the questions focused on the knowledge of dispensers on the new malaria treatment guidelines and whether the subjects were involved in the preparation or implementation of the guidelines or had undertaken any training on how to dispense the new anti-malarial medicines. RESULTS: None of the participants had been involved in the preparation of the treatment guidelines and only 45.5% of the participants had undertaken the pre-implementation training. Ninety percent of the interviewees had knowledge concerning the appropriate treatment of malaria in pregnancy. However, as many as 90.9% of the interviewed participants could not mention any possible five or more side-effects of LA and only 13.6% knew how to properly manage the possible effects. Only 27.3% knew the correct dose regimen of LA and none of them knew the condition of taking LA with a fatty meal for improved absorption. CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS: Lack of involvement of the pharmaceutical personnel working in hospital and community pharmacies, from the preparation of new malaria treatment guidelines to their implementation, inadequate training and qualifications of the dispensing personnel contributed to their lack of knowledge and skill on how to rationally dispense the medicines. Pharmaceutical personnel dispensing in the pharmacies need to be involved from the beginning in the preparation of treatment guidelines. Adequate training should be provided and followed by continuous professional education. SN - 1995-7270 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23638259/How_much_do_Blantyre_dispensers_in_hospital_and_community_pharmacies_know_about_the_new_malaria_treatment_guidelines L2 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmid/23638259/ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -