This project is funded by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
With changes in the demographic and epidemiological structure, Kerala has become more similar to developed nations in terms of population aging and disease profile. This has meant an increase in the prevalence of non communicable diseases in the state. Very few studies have been conducted to assess the prescription pattern of non- communicable diseases, especially diabetes and hypertension. The major objective this study is to assess the quality and pattern of diabetes and hypertension prescription in the state. It also aims to describe the barriers and facilitators which determine the quality of prescription. The study intends to cover 350 doctors from randomly selected seven districts of Kerala. Doctors from both public and private sector will be included in the study. In-depth interviews and focus group discussions will be used for identifying the barriers and facilitators of quality prescription