ISSN : 0975-9492


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Title : Risk category drug prescription and associated factors among pregnant mothers attending antenatal care service in health centers, Bahir Dar city, Northwest Ethiopia: a cross sectional study.
Authors : Chanie Admasie Damtie, Wubante Demilew Negussie
Keywords : Pregnancy, Prescription, risk category drug, Bahir dar city.
Issue Date : September 2014
Abstract :
Background: Drug utilization during pregnancy may be unnecessary and dangerous for the fetus. Health care providers must be aware of appropriate pharmacologic therapy for a variety of conditions and the potential impact on the pregnant women and the fetus. Studies in different parts of the world indicate that there is high consumption of risk category prescribed drugs among pregnant women. The objectives of this study is to determine risk category drugs prescribed and associated factors during pregnancy among pregnant women attending antenatal care service among governmental health centers in Bahir dar city administration.
Methods: Institution based cross sectional study was conducted from February 10 to march 10, 2014 in government health centers of Bahir dar city administration. Data were collected by document review of antenatal care follow up cards and exit interview of pregnant women using checklist and structured questionnaires. Data were analyzed using SPSS version16.0. Back ward logistic regression model was used and variables with p-value <0.05 were considered statistically significant.
Results: A total of 510 pregnant women were included in the study (response rate=98.5%); of which 88.4% were prescribed at least one drug during pregnancy. Nearly 11% of the pregnant women were prescribed with drugs from category D or X of the US-FDA risk classification.
Risk category drug prescription during pregnancy were significantly associated with differences in educational level of respondents (AOR= 3.4, 95%CI: 1.8 -6.6), maternal illness on the date of interview (AOR= 10.6, 95% CI: 3.7-30.2), and location of health centers (AOR =3.2, 95% CI: 1.7-6.1).
Conclusion: The proportion of pregnant women who were prescribed drugs with potential harm to the fetus during pregnancy was very high in Bahir dar city administration. Difference in educational status of respondents, maternal illness, and location of health center were found to be statistically significant factors of risk category drug prescription.
Page(s) : 561-571
ISSN : 0975-9492
Source : Vol. 5, No.9