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Journal:   JOURNAL OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY SCIENCES   2016 , Volume 3 , Number 2; Page(s) 47 To 51.
 
Paper: 

SELF-MEDICATION AND RELATED FACTORS AMONG UNIVERSITY STUDENTS IN IRAN

 
 
Author(s):  HAGHIGHI SHAYESTEH, ASHRAFIZADEH HADIS, SAYADI NEDA*
 
* JUNDISHAPUR UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, AHVAZ, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Background and Purpose: Self-medication is a global medical issue, the rate of which has been reported to be on the rise in recent years. This study aimed to evaluate the prevalence rate of self-medication and the associated factors among the university students of Ahvaz city, Iran.
Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted at Jundishapur and Shahid Chamran universities of Ahvaz, Iran in 2015. In total, 680 university students were selected from 16 different medical and non-medical schools to participate in this study.
Using the easy sampling method, 45 students were selected from each school. Data collection tools included the socio-demographic questionnaire and a researcher-made questionnaires consisting of 12 items to evaluate self-medication. Data analysis was performed in SPSS V.20 using descriptive statistics (mean and standard deviation), independent T-test, and Chi-square test.
Results: In this study, prevalence rate of self-medication among the selected university students was 81.6%. The most frequent medicines used by the students were adult cold (69.05%), analgesics (48.23%), and antibiotics (31.02%). Moreover, preventive factors of self-medication among the subjects included family and friends (96.32%), lack of belief in the effectiveness of self-medication (93.82%), and fear of the complications associated with self-medication (88.97%).
Conclusion: According to the results of this study, university students had a positive attitude toward self-medication. Therefore, it is recommended that the knowledge and attitude of these individuals be promoted through the implementation of related training programs in order to reduce public tendency toward self-medication.

 
Keyword(s): ADVERSE EFFECTS, SELF-MEDICATION, STUDENTS, THERAPEUTIC USE, UNIVERSITY
 
 
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HAGHIGHI, S., & ASHRAFIZADEH, H., & SAYADI, N. (2016). SELF-MEDICATION AND RELATED FACTORS AMONG UNIVERSITY STUDENTS IN IRAN. JOURNAL OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY SCIENCES, 3(2), 47-51. https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=508211



Vancouver: Copy

HAGHIGHI SHAYESTEH, ASHRAFIZADEH HADIS, SAYADI NEDA. SELF-MEDICATION AND RELATED FACTORS AMONG UNIVERSITY STUDENTS IN IRAN. JOURNAL OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY SCIENCES. 2016 [cited 2021August02];3(2):47-51. Available from: https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=508211



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HAGHIGHI, S., ASHRAFIZADEH, H., SAYADI, N., 2016. SELF-MEDICATION AND RELATED FACTORS AMONG UNIVERSITY STUDENTS IN IRAN. JOURNAL OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY SCIENCES, [online] 3(2), pp.47-51. Available: https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=508211.



 
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