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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

Sultan Alan1, Melike Ozturk1, Sule Gokyildiz1, Burcu Avcibay1, Yusuf Karatas¸2 
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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Cukurova University Adana Health High School, Midwifery Department, Adana
Turkey

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.


How to cite this article:
Alan S, Ozturk M, Gokyildiz S, Avcibay B, Karatas¸ Y. An evaluation of knowledge of pharmacovigilance among nurses and midwives in Turkey.Indian J Pharmacol 2013;45:616-618


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Alan S, Ozturk M, Gokyildiz S, Avcibay B, Karatas¸ Y. An evaluation of knowledge of pharmacovigilance among nurses and midwives in Turkey. Indian J Pharmacol [serial online] 2013 [cited 2023 Jan 28 ];45:616-618
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