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