Drug use and adverse drug reactions views and attitudes among health professionals, patients and people in general.
Aims: 1. To find out how the risk of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) of several drug classes is perceived by health professionals and others. 2. To get an impression of experiences with drug use and ADRs in patients and people in general. Methods: 271 health professionals (86 doctors at hospitals, 66 general practitioners, 43 pharmacists, 33 nurses, 43 medical students) and 552 others (426 men and women from a random sample of the population and 126 patients at outpatients clinics at a university hospital) answered a questionnaire. Visual analogue scales were used to define a score of perceived risk at ADRs associated with each drug class. There were also questions about use of medication.
Results: People in general and patients were were more likely to answer that use of drugs carried an increased of ADRs. The only exception was the use of herbal remedies and iron substitution. Fifty percent of the patients and people general reported that they had experienced at some time ADRs necessitating withdrawal of the drug . Sevety percent of the doctors had not reported any ADRs to the Federal agency for drug information (Regionalt legemiddelinformasjonssenter, RELIS) the previous year.
Conclusion: There are differences in the perception of risk of ADRs between health professionals, patients and people in general. Although ADRs may pose a problem for many patients, there seems to be a lack of reports on ADRs from the medical doctors.