Assessment of Knowledge Attitude and Practice on Medication Error Reporting among Clinical Pharmacists

Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences,2021,11,2,2462-2467.
Published:September 2021
Type:Original Article
Author(s) affiliations:

Binu Mathew*, Anjali Thomas, Doddayya Hiremath

Department of Pharmacy Practice, N. E. T. Pharmacy College, Raichur-584103, Karnataka, INDIA.


Among the problems associated with drug use, medication errors are an important issue which can be avoided by multiple strategies. Reporting medication error is essential for learning near misses as well as actual errors, thus preventing future errors from occurring. This study was conducted to assess the knowledge, attitude and practice of clinical pharmacists on medication error reporting and to evaluate the necessity of medication error reporting systems in hospitals. This was a questionnaire based cross-sectional study conducted among registered clinical pharmacists from November 2020 to January 2021. A total of 100 participants participated in the study by filling out the questionnaire. The study sample consisted of 100 subjects, with a response rate of 100%. Approximately 57% had sufficient knowledge and a favourable attitude (33.33%) towards medication error reporting. With regard to reporting practices, some participants (15%) preferred to educate those who made a medication error, rather than reporting it. Approximately 11% had rarely reported medication errors during their work experience. The study concluded that implementation of proper medication error reporting system along with educational interventions and training programmes can enhance the reporting process and ultimately improve the health care provided for the patients.

Demographic and professional characteristics of study participants