Background: Drugs' dialyzability is the degree to which a drug is filtered out of the blood stream during dialysis. This process is influenced by various factors, including properties of the drug and dialysis procedure. As drug experts, pharmacists must pay close attention to drugs' dialyzability when counseling patients on medications to ensure that therapeutic drug concentrations are maintained in the patient's body.
Aim: This study aimed to assess the knowledge of pharmacists working in dialysis centers or hospitals with dialysis wards regarding drugs' dialyzability.
Methodology: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted in November 2022. A three-section questionnaire was developed and distributed to 160 pharmacists. It's first section gathered six demographic questions about the participants. The second included 12 questions related to dialysis and drugs' dialyzability, while the third section contained 13 questions about the dialyzability of the most commonly used drugs in dialysis wards.
Result: A total of 141 pharmacists were enrolled, resulting in a response rate of 88.12%. Most of the participants (83.7%) were female, with a mean age of 27.82 ± 4.18 years. About one-third of participants worked in dialysis wards. Surprisingly, only 27% of the pharmacists had fair to good knowledge regarding drugs' dialyzability. There was no significant difference in the knowledge of pharmacists with different age groups, genders, degrees, institutions and years of experience, except for those who had worked in dialysis wards when compared with those who never worked there before.
Conclusion: The analysis of the data indicates the need to improve pharmacists' knowledge, especially for those working or about to work in dialysis wards. Continuous educational programs and workshops can help maintain and enhance knowledge after graduation.
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