University hospital-based drug information service in a developing country.
In 1994, a clinically oriented drug information unit was established at the Tribhuvan University Teaching hospital in Nepal, with a view to providing objective and independent information through a question-answer service and bulletin production.
During the first 2 years of its service, the unit received a total of 674 encounters, with an average of 28 inquiries a month (range 13-42) : about three-quarters (74.5%) of all the inquiries were from prescribing doctors, including 38.0% from specialist clinicians ; about a quarter (24.6%) were related to patient problems.
Most (86.8%) of the responses were provided within 24 h of the inquiry.
Frequently encountered queries related to : pharmacotherapy of a disease or drug indication (s), adverse drug reactions, drug doses, availability, drug use in pregnancy, ingredient (s) of a proprietary product, precautions for use and drug interactions.
Details of the inquiries received and the responses provided by the unit are documented in a standard question-answer form.
The unit also carries out proactive dissemination of information through the publication and free distribution of a bimonthly bulletin which includes brief referenced reviews on drug-and therapeutics-related topics.
Nepal-or the local situation-related write-ups are now being increasingly included in the bulletin. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Information thérapeutique, Médicament, Centre hospitalier universitaire, Népal, Asie, Question réponse, Document publié, Synthèse bibliographique, Fonctionnement optimal, Enseignement professionnel
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Therapeutic information, Drug, Teaching hospital, Nepal, Asia, Question answering, Published document, Bibliographic survey, Optimal operation, Occupational education
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0010458
Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 17/04/1998.