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Opthalmic Drug Abuse: Knowledge, attitude and Practice (KAP) among Ophthalmologists.

Al-Khalaileh, W, Abu-Farha, R, Van Hout, MC and Wazaify, M Opthalmic Drug Abuse: Knowledge, attitude and Practice (KAP) among Ophthalmologists. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. ISSN 1557-1874 (Accepted)

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Abstract

This study was conducted to provide a background regarding knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) of ophthalmologists in Jordan regarding ophthalmic products abuse and misuse. A cross-sectional self-reported survey was conducted among a sample of ophthalmologists of all ranks who were working at different hospitals, centers and clinics in Jordan. A total of 137 valid questionnaires were returned (response rate = 69.1%). The majority of respondents were male (73.7%) and between 20 and 40 years old. Only 47.4% of our sample knew the correct difference between the definitions “abuse” and “misuse”. The majority of participating ophthalmologists (87.6%) reported that ophthalmic drugs were liable to abuse. Ophthalmologists 40 years or younger had more knowledge about ophthalmic products abuse than their older counterparts (p<0.05). Most ophthalmologists (67.2%) reported Pentolate® eye drop (Cyclopentolate) as the top ophthalmic product liable to abuse. This study provided, for the first time, background regarding the knowledge, attitude and practice of ophthalmologists about this relatively uncommon and alerting type of drug abuse. Moreover, it highlighted the importance of increasing awareness of ophthalmologists and community pharmacists who dispense such drugs about the issue

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1117 Public Health and Health Services, 1701 Psychology
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RE Ophthalmology
R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Divisions: Public Health Institute
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2020 10:42
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2020 10:45
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11979

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