Self-Medication Practices among Health Care Workers at Tertiary Hospital at Puducherry


  • Rajendran Rangasamy Kavitha



The purpose of the study was to assess the self- medication practices among healthcare workers in south
India famous hospital JIPMER, Puducherry. Study had the aim to assess the self- medication practices
among health care workers , to know the common drugs used for self –medication and potential reasons
contributing to self-medication practices among health care workers
The population included all staff nurses, pharmacists, radiology technicians, anaesthetists, laboratory
technicians, health assistants and social workers who are working at different units of JIPMER Hospital,
Puducherry. Proportionate sampling technique was used to select the sample for the present study. Sample
consists of 296 health care workers in JIPMER hospital Puducherry. After getting permission from Nursing
Research Monitoring Committee (NRMC) and Institute Ethical Committee (IEC), the healthcare workers of
JIPMER were contacted to collect data. They were approached after the working hours, explanation about
the study has been given to the healthcare workers and written informed consent has been obtained from
them. Structured self-report questionnaire has been used to collect data. Each participant approximately took
30 minutes to answer the questionnaire. The findings of the study revealed that 88% of healthcare workers
practicing self-medication and 12% were not practicing any form of self-medication. Majority of participant
took medications like analgesics 246 (34.7) antipyretic 146 (20.3) antibiotic 78(10.8) antacid 66 (9.7).

Author Biography

Rajendran Rangasamy Kavitha

Faculty in Psychiatric Nursing, College of Nursing, JIPMER, Puducherry