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Research Paper | Pharmacy | India | Volume 12 Issue 7, July 2023
Study on Prescribing Patterns of Antibiotics among Paediatrics According to Who Core Indicators in a Tertiary Care Hospital
Sandhra B James | Acsa Joseph | Ruksana Fathima
Abstract: Antibiotics can be life saving treatment for children with bacterial infections and the most commonly prescribed therapy among all medicines. The study aims to assess the antibiotic prescribing pattern in paediatric inpatients admitted in a tertiary care hospital, according to WHO core prescribing indicators. Objective: Objective of the study was to analyse the prescribing pattern of antibiotics in children using WHO core prescribing indicators and to evaluate the need of probiotics and culture test recommendations in paediatric population. Methods: A prospective observational study of antibiotic prescribing pattern in 100 paediatric inpatients aged up to 12 years. The study was done for a period of 6 months in patients diagnosed with various infectious diseases. Patient?s demographics and clinical data were recorded in a predesigned performa. Results: Among 100 paediatric inpatients in the hospital 67% were male and 27% were female and 66% patients were prescribed with at least one antibiotic. Cephalosporins were the most commonly prescribed followed by pencillins and 100% of the prescriptions were from the hospital formulary. Conclusion: The study reveals that the antibiotic prescribing patterns in the paediatric inpatients deviates from the WHO core prescribing indicators and also evaluated the culture test recommendations and probiotic prescribing pattern in antibiotic prescribed patients.
Keywords: Antibiotics, paediatrics, WHO core indicators, Probiotics, Culture test
Edition: Volume 12 Issue 7, July 2023,
Pages: 817 - 822