Assessment of Knowledge, Attitude and Practice about Self Medication among Rural Areas in Erode District

Published on:
Indian Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 2020; 13(3):xx-xx
Original Article | doi:


Assessment of Knowledge, Attitude and Practice about Self Medication among Rural Areas in Erode District


Authors and affiliation (s):

Sivasakthi K*, Koshila KS, Sajeer Mohammed K, Viswa S

Department of Pharmacy Practice, JKKMMRF’s Annai JKK Sampoorani Ammal College of Pharmacy, Komarapalayam, Tamil Nadu, INDIA.

Abstract:

Background: In India, it is very common to observe self-medication practice, which is emerging as a challenge to health care providers. Few studies were conducted at community level in rural India to assess the magnitude of self-medication practices. Aim: This study aims to assess the awareness of self-medication practices and attitude among rural areas in Erode district. Materials and Methods: A Cross sectional study was conducted with a self-directed survey based questionnaire among 150 people who held permanent residence in rural areas in Erode district with different socio-economic backgrounds from the age group of 20 to 50 yrs. Results: Among the 150 samples, the maximum study sample lies in the age category between 20-30 years, 53.33% were men and 46.67% were women, 28.67% of people were graduate. The most common reason for self-medication was doctor’s clinic far from home (22.39%) and doctor’s fee (22.34%). The most common symptoms used for head ache (22.01%) and fever (16.77%).87% of people take self-medication under the source of pharmacy shop. Over 90% of people saw the information at the time of taking self-medication but only 40% of people should understand the information partially. Commonly used medicines were analgesics (44%) and antibiotics (42%). Conclusion: Self-medication is a global phenomenon. Study reveals that with increasing the literacy, the demand of self-medication also increasing day by day. So that pharmacists and other healthcare professionals should make the awareness to the public about self-medication.

Key words: Self-medication, Literacy, Pharmacist, Awareness, Appropriate use.




 

The Official Journal of Association of Pharmaceutical Teachers of India (APTI)
(Registered under Registration of Societies Act XXI of 1860 No. 122 of 1966-1967, Lucknow)

Indian Journal of Pharmacy Practice (IJOPP) [ISSN-0974-8326] is the official journal of Association of Pharmaceutical Teachers of India (APTI) and is being published since 2008.

DOI HISTORY

IJOPP uses reference linking service using Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) by Crossref. Articles from the year 2014 are being assigned DOIs for its permanent URLs