New Delhi: Thousands of children with severe diarrhea are denied crucial treatment with oral rehydration salts because doctors mistakenly believe that parents do not prefer ORS for their wards, a new study has found after polling doctors in Bihar and Karnataka.
The novel study employs the services of “actors” who visited doctors and pharmacies in 253 small and medium-sized cities in the two states seeking treatment for their (imaginary) children who had moderate or severe diarrhea, and both required ORS as the best option. clinic. .
But surprisingly, the study reports that 42 percent of underprescribing of ORS is due to doctors’ perception of patient preferences.
“A long-standing problem in global health has been that providers (doctors) do not prescribe oral rehydration salts for childhood diarrhea, even though they know it is the standard of care,” said Neeraj Sood, co-author of the study and professor at the Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California.