Doctors' attitudes about prescribing and knowledge of the costs of common medications.
AffiliationDepartment of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, St Vincent's University, Hospital, Dublin 4, Ireland.
MeSH*Attitude of Health Personnel
Clinical Competence/*statistics & numerical data
Health Care Costs
Health Care Surveys
*Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Hospitals, Teaching/*statistics & numerical data
Physician's Practice Patterns/*statistics & numerical data
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CitationIr J Med Sci. 2009 Sep;178(3):277-80. Epub 2009 Feb 17.
JournalIrish journal of medical science
AbstractINTRODUCTION: Compliance with medical therapy may be compromised because of the affordability of medications. Inadequate physician knowledge of drug costs may unwittingly contribute to this problem. METHODS: We measured attitudes about prescribing and knowledge of medication costs by written survey of medical and surgical non consultant hospital doctors and consultants in two University teaching hospitals (n = 102). Sixty-eight percent felt the cost of medicines was an important consideration in the prescribing decision, however, 88% often felt unaware of the actual costs. Only 33% had easy access to drug cost data, and only 3% had been formally educated about drug costs. Doctors' estimates of the cost of a supply of ten commonly used medications were accurate in only 12% of cases, too low for 50%, and too high for 38%. CONCLUSIONS: Interventions are needed to educate doctors about drug costs and provide them with reliable, easily accessible cost information in real-world practice.