Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research
Pharmacotherapy Group, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria
Vol. 14, No. 10, 2015, pp. 1899-1905
Bioline Code: pr15248
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, Vol. 14, No. 10, 2015, pp. 1899-1905
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A Cross-Sectional Study on Knowledge and Perceptions of Pharmacovigilance among Pharmacy Students of Selected Tertiary Institutions in Jordan|
Farha, Rana Abu; Alsous, Mervat; Elayeh, Eman & Hattab, Dima
Purpose: To assess the perceptions and knowledge of pharmacovigilance and adverse drug reactions
(ADRs) reporting among Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) and Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) students
of selected tertiary institutions in Jordan.
Methods: A cross-sectional study involving 434 pharmacy students from three different Jordanian
universities was conducted from March - April 2014. During the study period, a validated structured
questionnaire was administered to the participants to assess their knowledge and perceptions regarding
pharmacovigilance and ADRs reporting process.
Results: Majority of the students had insufficient awareness and lack of knowledge of
pharmacovigilance and ADRs reporting with a mean knowledge score of 4/10. PharmD students had
better knowledge about pharmacovigilance and ADRs reporting system than the BPharm students
(knowledge score of 5.4 versus 3.2, respectively; p < 0.001). Also, higher knowledge scores were
recorded for public university and fifth-year students (p < 0.001). About two-thirds of the students
expressed a positive attitude toward pharmacovigilance and ADRs issues and agreed that they would
be willing to report ADRs during their clerkship programme.
Conclusion: BPharm and PharmD students have insufficient knowledge of the concept of
pharmacovigilance and ADRs reporting. There is a need to incorporate pharmacovigilance into
pharmacy curriculum in order to increase its awareness among pharmacy students as this will positively
impact on their practice and enhance public health.
Pharmacovigilance; Adverse drug reactions reporting; Pharmacy students; Knowledge; Perception; Awareness; Attitude
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