KNOWLEDGE AND PERCEPTIONS OF SELF-MEDICATION PRACTICES IN AN URBAN COMMUNITY

  • VARGHESE SNEHA SUJA Department of Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy, M.S. Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India. http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3700-6740
  • SNEHA DUTTA Department of Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy, M.S. Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.
  • ANN MARY SWAROOP Department of Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy, M.S. Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.

Abstract

Objective: This study was conducted with the aim to assess the knowledge and attitude of self-medication practices among the residents of an urban community.


Methods: A cross-sectional, observational study was conducted among 270 participants for the duration of 6 months using a semi-structured questionnaire which consisted of the domains of knowledge and attitude. Logistic regression was used for drawing statistical inferences.


Results: The prevalence of self-medication was found to be 37.04%. It was found that 73.33% of the respondents were aware of the term “self-medication” and their major source for information was obtained through acquaintances (44.44%). About 68.55% of the participants agreed that self-medication is a part of taking care of oneself and it needs to be encouraged. Overall, the participants had a good knowledge and positive attitude toward the practice of self-medication.


Conclusion: This study mainly focuses on improving the subjects’ knowledge, thereby bringing changes in the attitude and practice toward disease management. Understanding the subjects’ level of knowledge and attitude will enable a more efficient process for creating an awareness among the public to ensure its safe and responsible use.

Keywords: Self-medication,, Knowledge,, Attitude,, Prevalence,, Community.

Author Biography

VARGHESE SNEHA SUJA, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy, M.S. Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice

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VARGHESE SNEHA SUJA, SNEHA DUTTA, and ANN MARY SWAROOP. “KNOWLEDGE AND PERCEPTIONS OF SELF-MEDICATION PRACTICES IN AN URBAN COMMUNITY”. Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research, Vol. 12, no. 8, June 2019, pp. 42-45, https://innovareacademics.in/journals/index.php/ajpcr/article/view/33721.
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