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A field experiment was conducted to investigate the effect of four insecticides, HCH, phorate, carbofuran and fenvalerate, at recommended doses on the preponderance of bacteria, actinomycetes and fungi. We also measured the persistence of the insecticides in the rhizosphere soil of rice. HCH and fenvalerate stimulated the proliferation of all of the(More)
BACKGROUND Patients' satisfaction is a useful measure to provide an indicator of quality in healthcare and thus needs to be measured frequently. The aim of the study was to analyse and compare the level of satisfaction of patients attending the Outpatient Department of a Hospital. METHODS Study was conducted by using a pre-structured questionnaire with(More)
BACKGROUND The basic principle of inventory control is ABC based on cost criteria and VED on criticality. METHODS Based on ABC-VED matrix, economic analysis of drug expenditure of priced vocabulary of medical stores (PVMS) section 01 for the year 2003 of a 190 bedded service hospital was under taken. RESULT Out of 493 drugs in PVMS section 01, only 325(More)
BACKGROUND It has become essential for hospital managers to understand and measure consumer perspectives and service quality gaps, so that any perceived gap in delivery of service is identified and suitably addressed. A study was conducted at a peripheral service hospital to ascertain any service gap between consumer expectations and perceptions in respect(More)
CONTEXT Escalating health care expenses pose a new challenge to the health care environment of becoming more cost-effective. There is an urgent need for more accurate data on the costs of health care procedures. Demographic changes, changing morbidity profile, and the rising impact of noncommunicable diseases are emphasizing the role of nuclear medicine(More)
BACKGROUND It is often said that doctors are only human. However, technological wonders, apparent precision of diagnostic tests and scientific innovation have created an expectation of perfection from medical science. Patient safety and prevalence of adverse events on the hospital floor have become issues of serious concern for the healthcare environment.(More)
Debates in India on end-of-life care assumed a new life after the petition in the Supreme Court in the case of Aruna Ramchandra Shanbaug, calling for withdrawal of life-sustaining therapy from a patient in a persistent vegetative state. The Court's landmark decision has led the way for discussing and developing guidelines on various situations in end-of-(More)
BACKGROUND The modern system of medicine has evolved into a complex, sophisticated and expensive treatment modality in terms of cost of medicines and consumables. In any hospital, approximately 33% of total annual budget is spent on buying materials and supplies including medicines. ABC (Always, Better Control)-VED (Vital, Essential, Desirable) analysis of(More)
BACKGROUND Life cycle costing analysis is an emerging conceptual tool to validate capital investment in healthcare. METHODS A preliminary study was done to analyze the long-term cost impact of acquiring a new 3 T MRI system when compared to technological upgradation of the existing 1.5 T MRI system with a view to evolve a decision matrix for correct(More)
BACKGROUND The cost of medical care is continuing to rise and cost containment measures need to focus on inappropriate hospitalization. Armed Forces Medical Services ensure universal access to its consumers but continuous increase in patient load is stretching the capability of service hospitals. The present study was undertaken to determine the rate of(More)