Patient knowledge survey in a multi-speciality hospital
Keywords:Disease, Medication, Smoking, Physician
Background: The objective was to study the knowledge level and awareness among patients those attending a multi-speciality about their diseases and medications.
Methods: A semi-constructed interview was done on 110 adult patients in the General Medicine Department, SRM Medical College, Hospital and Research Center, Kattankulathur, Kanchipuram.
Results: Out of 110 patients. Were 58% was found to be male and 42% was found to be female. The patients' age group ranged from 12-84 years about 29% patients had no education, 30% of the patients were unaware of their diagnosis, 30% were unaware of the causes of their disease, 60% were unaware of the number of medications they were on, 68% did not know the names of their prescribed medication, 70% patients were non-smokers, 90.91% of the patients were aware that smoking was bad for health, 89% of the patients had received enough information from the doctors/nurses regarding their illness and treatment, but 38% of the patients were incapable of understanding their test results.
Conclusions: Majority of the patients were aware of their diseases and the number of medications in spite of two third being illiterate. Thirty-two per cent did not know the causes of their illness and could not name their medications. Patients received little information from the health carers regarding their illness, Interpretation of investigations and aims of treatment. This study indicates that education is one of the main factors which are associated with a well understanding of the disease and medication.
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