Published on:June 2018
    Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Community Medicine, 2018; 4(2):60-65
    Research Article | doi:10.5530/jppcm.2018.2.16

    Pharmacovigilance Knowledge and Perceptions Among Pharmacy, Medical and Nurse Students in University of Duhok

    Authors and affiliation (s):

    Omer Qutaiba B. Allela1*, Ramadan M. Elkalmi2, Avan Saleem Salih1, Diana Yaqo Yousif1, Hala Wazir Ali1, Narmin Oraha Shammo1

    1College of Pharmacy, University of Duhok (UOD), Duhok, Kurdistan Region, IRAQ.

    2Department of Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Puncak Alam, Selangor, MALAYSIA


    Objective: To assess pharmacy, medical and nurse students’ knowledge of and perceptions about pharmacovigilance and reporting of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) at University of Duhok (UOD). Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted from November 1, 2017, through January 1, 2018 using a validated self-administered questionnaire delivered to a sample of 202 students at Colleges in UOD. Results: About 42% of students indicated that they had taken courses on the concept of pharmacovigilance during their current curriculum. The mean score for knowledge about pharmacovigilance and ADR reporting was 6.98. There was a significant difference in the mean scores for knowledge about pharmacovigilance across the Colleges. About 38.6% of the respondents believed that students are competent and capable of reporting ADRs during their clerkships. The majority (67.6%) of respondents perceived that students should be taught how to report ADRs. Conclusion: The results of this study demonstrate that the majority of students in public universities have insufficient knowledge about pharmacovigilance and ADR reporting.

    Key words: Pharmacovigilance, Knowledge, Perception, Iraq. 

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