An Assessment of Inter-Professional Knowledge of Nigerian Pharmacists on Topical Dosage Specificity; and the Effects of Electro-Physical Agents on Drugs
American Journal of Health Research
Volume 2, Issue 5-1, October 2014, Pages: 17-21
Received: Sep. 2, 2014; Accepted: Sep. 19, 2014; Published: Sep. 27, 2014
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Onigbinde Ayodele Teslim, Medical Rehabilitation Department, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-ife, Osun State, Nigeria
Ojo Ayodele Mojisola, Medical Rehabilitation Department, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-ife, Osun State, Nigeria
Bamitale Kayode Dominion, Department of Medical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-ife, Osun State, Nigeria
Wiesener Trond, Department of Physiotherapy, University of Tromso, Tromso, Norway
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Abstract
There is need for Inter-professional education and collaboration among health professionals in order to avoid misconceptions and under-utilization. The primary aims of this study were to investigate the familiarity of Nigerian pharmacists with Finger Tip Unit (FTU) as a means of quantifying dose for topical medications; and also assess their knowledge on the effects of electro-physical modalities on drugs. A structured questionnaire was used to obtain information from 110 pharmacists. Descriptive statistics and Non- parametric inferential statistics were used to analyze the data. The result showed that only 48 respondents (43.6%) were familiar with Finger Tip unit (FTU). There was no significant difference in the number of respondents who were familiar and those unfamiliar with FTU. Among 84 respondents who answered questions on active ingredients, a total of 60.7% were rated between good and excellent in knowledge. The result of the Chi-square test showed that a significant number of respondents agreed that exercise can increase kinetic molecular movement of drugs, and that the effect of exercise depends on the type of drugs while drug absorption can also be increased by external massage (P < 0.001). This study concluded that pharmacists have good knowledge of active ingredients in the selected drugs. Also, about half the respondents knew the effects of physiotherapy agents on drugs and a moderate number were familiar with the use of FTU as a means of quantifying dose for topical medications.
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Inter-Professional Knowledge, Pharmacists, Physiotherapy, Electro-Physical Modalities
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Onigbinde Ayodele Teslim, Ojo Ayodele Mojisola, Bamitale Kayode Dominion, Wiesener Trond, An Assessment of Inter-Professional Knowledge of Nigerian Pharmacists on Topical Dosage Specificity; and the Effects of Electro-Physical Agents on Drugs, American Journal of Health Research. Special Issue: Supplementary Prescribing in Nigeria: A Needy Concept to Promote Clinical Physiotherapy Practice. Vol. 2, No. 5-1, 2014, pp. 17-21. doi: 10.11648/j.ajhr.s.2014020501.14
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