Knowledge, attitude and practice of self medication among the staff-members of Charotar University of Science and Technology

Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Self Medication among the Staff-members

  • Jalpa Suthar Department of Pharmacology, Ramanbhai Patel College of Pharmacy, Charusat, Changa, Dist- Anand, Gujarat State- 388 421 India
  • Jeet Munjani Ramanbhai Patel College of Pharmacy, Charusat, Changa, Gujarat, India
  • Carissa Mendes Ramanbhai Patel College of Pharmacy, Charusat, Changa, Gujarat, India
  • Tatvee Mendha Ramanbhai Patel College of Pharmacy, Charusat, Changa, Gujarat, India
  • Bansari Patel Ramanbhai Patel College of Pharmacy, Charusat, Changa, Gujarat, India

Abstract

Self-medication raises its occurrence in many situations in our everyday lives, which is an inappropriate and harmful practice. A research framework was conducted to evaluate the awareness, attitude and practice of self-medication among the CHARUSAT University staff members. Among the staff members, a pre-validated questionnaire was circulated. Using Microsoft Excel, information was gathered and evaluated and the results were represented as numbers and percentages. A total of 136 staff-members voluntarily took part in the study. We found that source of information of the drugs used for self-medication were “previous prescription (77.7%)” and the source of drugs was “medical store (78.8%)”. Only (34.3%) staff-members accepted the fact that they always visited a qualified practitioner whenever they got sick. Most of the staff-members took self-medication for headache (73.5%) followed by cough, cold, sore throat (73.5%) and fever (56.6%). Out of total 136 staff-members, most of them took Analgesics (61.8%) as self-medication followed by lozenges (66.2%). For almost 66.9 % of university staff members, self-medication was common. They provided a reason that “no need to visit a doctor for minor illnesses”. 73.5 % of the population has taken cough and cold preparations as self-medication.

Keywords: Self-Medication, Questionnaire, Knowledge, Attitude, Practice

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Suthar, J., J. Munjani, C. Mendes, T. Mendha, and B. Patel. “Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Self Medication Among the Staff-Members of Charotar University of Science and Technology”. Research in Pharmacy, Vol. 10, Jan. 2021, pp. 6-10, doi:https://doi.org/10.25081/rip.2020.v10.6527.
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