Author(s): Hemangi S. Patel, Anand B. Pithadia*, Mehul N. Patel, Jaineel R. Dharod, Niraj B. Pandit
The aim of study was to evaluate morbidity associated with cardiac diseases and pharmacoeconomic characteristics for drug usage among residents of Uttarsanda village of Nadiad. Community based cross sectional study was done for evaluating morbidity and expenses among cardiac drug consumers. Our study revealed that among 117 cardiac patients, 63.5% of patients suffered from hypertension, 32.7 % of patients were suffered from diabetes, 8% were suffered from cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), 4.2% from thyroid and 3.4 % from other diseases. Out of 146 families of Uttarsanda village, approximately 61% of families spend their total income for medications and healthcare and 37% families were found not to spend income on healthcare even though diseases were present. More prevalent diseases identified for spending monthly family income were hypertension, congestive heart failure, diabetes mellitus, and hyperlipidaemia. There is a need for cost effective treatment approaches in rural area of India.