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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 45  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 616-618

An evaluation of knowledge of pharmacovigilance among nurses and midwives in Turkey

1 Cukurova University Adana Health High School, Midwifery Department, Adana, Turkey
2 Cukurova University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology, Adana, Turkey

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DOI: 10.4103/0253-7613.121375

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This study aimed to evaluate the awareness of nurse/midwives regarding pharmacovigilance as well as their knowledge and experience in identifying and reporting adverse reactions of drugs. Nurse/midwives (n = 329), working in four state hospitals, were provided a questionnaire with a view of identifying their knowledge and skills pertaining to pharmacovigilance. Around 45% of the participants claimed to have knowledge of pharmacovigilance but only 23.3% of them could define it correctly. Although 24.3% of the participants acknowledged that adverse reactions should be reported to a centre, only 1.2% of them named this centre (Turkey Pharmacovigilance Centre-TUFAM). The present study indicates that nurse/midwives have insufficient knowledge of pharmacovigilance practices. Hence, it is essential to include pharmacovigilance training in their undergraduate and graduate education programs, and to promote reporting of adverse reactions.


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