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Perceptions and Practices of Self-Medication among Medical Students in Coastal South India

*, Nithin Kumar and Kanchan, Tanuj and *, Unnikrishnan B and *, Rekha T and Mithra, Prasanna P and Kulkarni, Vaman and *, Mohan Kumar Papanna and Holla, Ramesh and Uppal, Surabhi (2013) Perceptions and Practices of Self-Medication among Medical Students in Coastal South India. PLoS ONE, 8 (8). e72247-e72247.

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Abstract

Self-medication is a common practice worldwide and the irrational use of drugs is a cause of concern. This study assessed the prevalence of self-medication among the medical students in South India. The data was analysed using SPSS version 11.5. A total of 440 students were included in the study. The prevalence of self-medication was 78.6%. A larger number of females were self-medicating (81.2%) than males (75.3%). The majority of the students self-medicated because of the illness being too trivial for consultation (70.5%). Antipyretics were most commonly self–medicated by the participants (74.8%). Only 47% of the participants opined that self-medication was a part of self-care and it needs to be encouraged. 39.3% of the participants perceived that the supply of medicine without prescription by the pharmacist can prevent the growing trend of self-medication. Easy availability and accessibility to health care facilities remains the cornerstone for reducing the practice of self-medication.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Community Medicine
Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Forensic Medicine
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2013 10:28
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2013 10:28
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/137084

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