Self-reported concepts about oral rehydration solution, drug prescribing and reasons for prescribing antidiarrhoeals for acute watery diarrhea in children

Document Type



Paediatrics and Child Health


Sixty-seven general practitioners (GPs) and 27 paediatricians practising in Karachi were interviewed to evaluate their knowledge and attitude towards use of oral rehydration solution (ORS) and management of acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) in children and to define factors for their self-reported prescribing of antidiarrhoeals. Whilst nearly 50% of them reported ORS to be palatable and acceptable by children, 80% reported that ORS was not accepted by parents as sole treatment. Eighty per cent of GPs and 37% of paediatricians reported prescribing antidiarrhoeals for AWD in children, and 'parental pressure' and 'use as placebo' were the commonest reasons. In addition 45% of GPs believed in the efficacy of antidiarrhoeals and thought these drugs necessary for the control of diarrhoea.

Publication (Name of Journal)

Tropical Doctor