An evaluation of knowledge of pharmacovigilance among nurses and midwives in Turkey

ALAN S. , ÖZTÜRK M. , Gokyildiz S. , Avcibay B. , KARATAŞ Y.

INDIAN JOURNAL OF PHARMACOLOGY, cilt.45, ss.616-618, 2013 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 45 Konu: 6
  • Basım Tarihi: 2013
  • Doi Numarası: 10.4103/0253-7613.121375
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.616-618


This study aimed to evaluate the awareness of nurse/midwives regarding pharmacovigilance as well as their knowledge and experience in identifying and reporting adverse reactions of drugs. Nurse/midwives (n = 329), working in four state hospitals, were provided a questionnaire with a view of identifying their knowledge and skills pertaining to pharmacovigilance. Around 45% of the participants claimed to have knowledge of pharmacovigilance but only 23.3% of them could define it correctly. Although 24.3% of the participants acknowledged that adverse reactions should be reported to a centre, only 1.2% of them named this centre (Turkey Pharmacovigilance Centre-TUFAM). The present study indicates that nurse/midwives have insufficient knowledge of pharmacovigilance practices. Hence, it is essential to include pharmacovigilance training in their undergraduate and graduate education programs, and to promote reporting of adverse reactions.