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Analysis Of Factors Influencing Self-Medication Behaviours By Housewives (Study Of Common Cold Cases In Semolowaru, Surabaya)

Nuralia, Arina Utami, and Athijah, Umi, and Nita, Yunita, (2005) Analysis Of Factors Influencing Self-Medication Behaviours By Housewives (Study Of Common Cold Cases In Semolowaru, Surabaya). Malaysian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 3 (2). pp. 74-75. ISSN 16575-7319

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Airlangga University, Indonesia, Faculty of Pharmacy
Airlangga University, Indonesia, Faculty of Pharmacy
Airlangga University, Indonesia, Faculty of Pharmacy

Abstract

The most common health seeking behavior in the community is the practice of self-medication. Women as mothers have considerable influence in choosing medicine for their family. The study has two aims: to obtain description of proper self medication behavior in the community and to determine factors related to the practice of self-medication. The research was conducted in the area of Semolowaru village administration, Sukolilo subdistrict, Surabaya on August 2004. Data was collected from 100 respondents, women who have been married and taking medicine for their common cold symptoms using questionnaires. The respondents were selected randomly by simple random sampling method. Results showed that education and knowledge level influenced proper self-medication behavior significantly. The more dominant factor was education level. We found that only 35% of respondents practiced proper self-medication, in term of appropriate medicine classification, type of medicine, dosage, and duration of therapy. Pharmacists must play an active role as counselor and educator to increase appropriate self-medication behavior. Further studies are needed to identify other factors influencing self-medication behavior.

Item Type:Journal
Additional Information:Abstract of paper presented at the 5th Asian Conference on Clinical Pharmacy, 2005
Keywords:Self-medication, Indonesia, Women
Subjects:R Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing
ID Code:7073

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