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Survey of Knowledge and Attitude of Pharmacists about Direct Oral Anticoagulants: A Cross-Sectional Study

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Background: Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) are increasingly used due to fewer side effects, predictable pharmacokinetics, lower potential for drug interactions. Different levels of awareness among health care professionals have been reported.Methods: The main objectives of this study were to investigate the knowledge and attitude of pharmacists about direct oral anticoagulants. The present study was a descriptive cross-sectional study performed in Kermanshah province, Iran. The validated researcher-made questionnaire included questions about demographic characteristics and specialized questions that assessed the knowledge and attitude of pharmacists towards new oral anticoagulants.    Results: Out of 126 pharmacists participating in this study, 67 (53.2%) were male. The mean scores of knowledges and attitude in pharmacists were 64.94±5.84 and 28.62±3.98, respectively. The most common oral anticoagulant with a direct effect dispensed by pharmacists was rivaroxaban (77.4%). There was also a significant relationship between pharmacists' attitudes and their place of activity (P = 0.024).Conclusion: The results of this study showed that pharmacists had an acceptable knowledge and low attitude about DOACs.

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Attitude; Direct Oral Anticoagulants; Knowledge

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Vakili Z, Heydarpour F, Shahbazi F. Survey of Knowledge and Attitude of Pharmacists about Direct Oral Anticoagulants: A Cross-Sectional Study. J Pharm Care. 2021;9(3):114-118.