Published on:October 2017
International Journal of Pharmacology and Clinical Sciences, 2017; 6(1):01-05
Original Article | doi:10.5530/ijpcs.6.1.1

A Questionnaire Based Study Regarding the Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Self-Medication Among Second Year Undergraduate Medical Students

Authors and affiliation (s):

Rajanish Kumar Sankdia1, Mehul Agrawal1*, Parabathina Bindu Rekha1, Nitin Kothari2 

1Department of Pharmacology, Chirayu Medical College & Hospital, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, INDIA.

2Department of Pharmacology, Pacific Medical College, Udaipur, Rajasthan, INDIA.


Background: Self-medication is becoming very common in our routine life which is an unhealthy and risky practice.Present study was done to determine the knowledge, attitude and practice of self-medication among second year undergraduate medical students of a private medical college in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Materials and Methods: A pre-validated questionnaire was prepared and distributed among the students.Data was collected and analysed using Microsoft Excel and the results expressed as counts and percentages. Results: Total 139 students participated in the study voluntarily and most common reason for taking Self-medication was that there was no need to visit the doctor for minor illness. In maximum students, source of information of the drugs used for Self-medication was previous prescription and source of the drugs was medical store. Only 39% MBBS students accepted the fact, that they always visited a qualified practitioner whenever they fell ill. Most of the students took Self-medication for headache followed by cough, cold and fever. Out of total 139 students, most of the students took NSAIDS as Self-medication followed by lozenges. Conclusion: This study showed that students of second year MBBS after studying pharmacology became more aware about the drugs and hence do not hesitate in taking Self-medication which is a wrong practice.

Key words: Self-medication, Questionnaire, Second Year MBBS, Knowledge, Attitude, Practice.

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