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An outpatient-based observational study on demography, self-medication practice, and prescribing pattern in dermatophytosis at a tertiary care teaching hospital in Eastern India

Chiranjib Bagchi, Sougata Mukherjee, Kingshuk Chatterjee.


Background: Appropriate use of drugs is essential in dermatophytosis to reduce morbidity and associated financial burden to the sufferers.

Aims and Objectives: To explore the demographic characteristics along with the prescription pattern, self-medication practice, and price variability of the prescribed brands in the treatment of the dermatophytosis patients.

Materials and Methods: Newly diagnosed consented dermatophytosis patients were enrolled in this cross-sectional observational study. Their baseline demographic characteristics were documented in the case report form along with the prescription details with self-medication history and Maximum Retail Price of each prescribed brand of drug.

Results: Among total of 114 subjects (68 males, 46 females), majority were young (56.14%,

Key words: Dermatophytosis; Prescription Pattern; Self Medication; Demography; Price Variability

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