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Assessment of self-medication practices among educated population of South India – A questionnaire-based study

Pradeep Kumar B T, Dinesh Babu U, Vijaybabu K.

Abstract
Background: Self-medication, the practice of individuals diagnosing, obtaining, and administering medications to themselves without professional guidance, has become a pervasive phenomenon with potential implications for public health. This study aims to comprehensively investigate the patterns and perceptions surrounding self-medication among the educated population of South India.

Aims and Objectives: The objective of this study was to assess the prevalence of self-medication and predictors associated with self-medication among educated population of south India.

Materials and Methods: It is a questionnaire-based cross-sectional study. Participants were degree holders from the states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Pondicherry, and Andhra Pradesh. Participants were selected through convenient sampling. Data were collected using structured pre-validated questionnaires through a Google Forms link. Data were analyzed using SPSS software version 29.0 and results are expressed as proportions.

Results: A total of 300 people were included in the study, among them 54.25% graduates and 45.75% were postgraduates that the prevalence of self-medication was 61.4%. The most common reason for self-medication was minor illness (67.1%). About 54% of study participants used antipyretics for self-medication and the source of information for self-medication was from previous illness 71.4%.

Conclusion: The prevalence of self-medication in this study was high. Antimicrobials were not taken for appropriate length of time. It is very important to understand the motivations and perceptions surrounding self-medication for developing targeted interventions, educational programs, and policy measures that promote responsible self-care while safeguarding public health.

Key words: Self-Medication; South India; Educated Population


 
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T PKB, U DB, K V. Assessment of self-medication practices among educated population of South India – A questionnaire-based study. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol. 2024; 14(2): 297-301. doi:10.5455/njppp.2024.14.01004202416012024


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T PKB, U DB, K V. Assessment of self-medication practices among educated population of South India – A questionnaire-based study. https://www.njppp.com/?mno=183549 [Access: January 31, 2024]. doi:10.5455/njppp.2024.14.01004202416012024


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T PKB, U DB, K V. Assessment of self-medication practices among educated population of South India – A questionnaire-based study. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol. 2024; 14(2): 297-301. doi:10.5455/njppp.2024.14.01004202416012024



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T PKB, U DB, K V. Assessment of self-medication practices among educated population of South India – A questionnaire-based study. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol. (2024), [cited January 31, 2024]; 14(2): 297-301. doi:10.5455/njppp.2024.14.01004202416012024



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T, P. K. B., U, . D. B. & K, . V. (2024) Assessment of self-medication practices among educated population of South India – A questionnaire-based study. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol, 14 (2), 297-301. doi:10.5455/njppp.2024.14.01004202416012024



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T, Pradeep Kumar B, Dinesh Babu U, and Vijaybabu K. 2024. Assessment of self-medication practices among educated population of South India – A questionnaire-based study. National Journal of Physiology, Pharmacy and Pharmacology, 14 (2), 297-301. doi:10.5455/njppp.2024.14.01004202416012024



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T, Pradeep Kumar B, Dinesh Babu U, and Vijaybabu K. "Assessment of self-medication practices among educated population of South India – A questionnaire-based study." National Journal of Physiology, Pharmacy and Pharmacology 14 (2024), 297-301. doi:10.5455/njppp.2024.14.01004202416012024



MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

T, Pradeep Kumar B, Dinesh Babu U, and Vijaybabu K. "Assessment of self-medication practices among educated population of South India – A questionnaire-based study." National Journal of Physiology, Pharmacy and Pharmacology 14.2 (2024), 297-301. Print. doi:10.5455/njppp.2024.14.01004202416012024



APA (American Psychological Association) Style

T, P. K. B., U, . D. B. & K, . V. (2024) Assessment of self-medication practices among educated population of South India – A questionnaire-based study. National Journal of Physiology, Pharmacy and Pharmacology, 14 (2), 297-301. doi:10.5455/njppp.2024.14.01004202416012024