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Ann Afr Med. 2019 Jan-Mar;18(1):47-50. doi: 10.4103/aam.aam_25_18.

Standard treatment guidelines: Perception and utilization in a tertiary health care facility in South-South, Nigeria.

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Department of Medicine, Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Unit, University of Benin Teaching Hospital; Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Benin, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.


in English, French


The Nigerian National Standard Treatment Guidelines (NSTG) was introduced in 2008 and the second edition was launched in 2017. This study evaluated the level of awareness, acceptance, and use of this tool within the Nigerian health-care system.


This study was carried out at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Nigeria. A semistructured questionnaire was administered to doctors in the hospital. Information sought included the biodata, awareness of the STG, publication and use of the STG, the perceived advantages and disadvantages, and suggestions on how to improve its use.


There were 155 respondents with a mean age of 34.1 ± 6.4 years and response rate of 77.5%. The level of awareness was 46.5%, with 21.9% having received lessons on the subject; 53.0% received lessons as students. Awareness of the date of the initial introduction of the STG at the national level was 4.5% with 1.3% aware of the current edition of the NSTG. The description of the STG was satisfactory in 27.7% participants. Again only 20.6% currently use the NSTG, with 12.3% rating the entire STG utilization as successful.


There is low awareness and poor utilization of the STG among doctors in the facility which may be a reflection of the situation in other health facilities in the country. There is need to encourage the use of this clinical tool to ensure appropriate use of medicines and delivery of health care in resource-limited settings.


Doctors; Nigeria; hospitals; standard treatment guidelines

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