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Dispensers’ views on rational use of medicines in the management of HIV/AIDS patients at Public Hospitals in North-Central Nigeria

  • At: PPR SIG 2021 (2021)
  • Type: Digital
  • By: WILLIAMS, Felicia (University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria, Nigeria)
  • Co-author(s): Felicia Esemekiphoraro WILLIAMS, Dauda Bayo PARAKOYI, Emmanuel Teju JOLAYEMI, Tanimola Makanjuola AKANDE
  • Abstract:


    Rational medicine use by patients involves patients receiving medications that meet their clinical needs, in individualized doses, for a sufficient duration, and at the minimal cost to them and the public. Nevertheless, World Health Organization reports showed that more than 50% of medicines are inappropriately dispensed while 50% of patients do not use their medicines as prescribed. Dispensers’ views affect the quality of healthcare of patients and consequently their therapeutic outcomes.


    To assess the views of dispensers on rational use of medicines in the management of HIV/AIDS patients at public hospitals in North-Central Nigeria.


    This qualitative study was conducted in seven public hospitals in six local government areas representing the three senatorial districts of a state in North-Central Nigeria. It involved in-depth interviews that were conducted for seven eligible dispensers. The interviews were audio-taped, verbally transcribed, analyzed and developed into ethnographic summary. Institutional Review Committees granted ethical approval for this study. Voluntary informed consent of the dispensers was obtained before inclusion into the study.


    All the dispensers identified the dispensers and the patients as stakeholders in rational medicine use. They all agreed that rational use of medicines will result in good therapeutic outcome. However, barriers to rational use of medicines in the management of HIV/AIDS patients include non-availability of medicines and patient non-adherence.


    The study identified stakeholders and barriers to rational medicine use. Quantitative studies are required to determine the magnitude of these barriers.

Last update 4 October 2019

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