Prevalence of Self Medication in Medical Students

Authors

  • Muskan Jaiswal
  • Sachin Gupta
  • Neetu Kumar
  • Vinod Narkhede

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/vfgab894

Keywords:

Medical Students, Prevalence, Self Medication

Abstract

Self-medication is defined as obtaining and consuming drugs without the advice of a physician & not based on
authentic medical information. It leads to irrational use of drugs, increased drug resistance which may lead to
serious health hazards. The present study is undertaken to assess prevalence of self-medication and associated
factors among medical students and their knowledge regarding self medication .A prospective, cross-sectional
study was carried out among 251 medical students by using modified semi-structured questionnaire. Statistical
analysis was carried out by SPSS version 23 and Chi square test was used to see the associations. Result showed
that 79.3% students take self medication. Among them, maximum student were from 4th year i.e. 84%. Study found
that students take self medication but mostly they completed full dose of antibiotics and are well known about
mechanism of action, therapeutic dosage & adverse reactions. Maximum students thought self medication as an
acceptable practice.

Author Biographies

  • Muskan Jaiswal

    Intern MBBS, Chirayu Medical College and Hospital, Bhopal, India

  • Sachin Gupta

    Associate Professor, MD Community Medicine, Chirayu Medical College and Hospital, Bhopal, India

  • Neetu Kumar

    Associate Professor, MD Pathology, Chirayu Medical College and Hospital, Bhopal, India

  • Vinod Narkhede

    Professor, MD Community Medicine, Chirayu Medical College and Hospital, Bhopal, India

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Published

2024-01-05

How to Cite

Prevalence of Self Medication in Medical Students. (2024). Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development, 15(1), 199-204. https://doi.org/10.37506/vfgab894