Self-Medication Practice and Associated Factors among Residents in Wuhan, China
AbstractBackground: This study aims to examine the prevalence and predictors associated with self-medication, and related consequences in Wuhan, China. Methods: Two-hundred-sixty residents were interviewed from randomly selected four districts of Wuhan, China. A modified version of Anderson’s health behavioral model was used in the survey to collect information of self-medication behavior. Multivariable logistic regression analyses were used to measure correlates of the prevalence of self-medication. Results: Nearly half of the respondents would select self-medication, and 39.1% would see a doctor if they felt sick. The most common self-medicated illnesses were cold and cough, cardiovascular disease and gastrointestinal disease. The main reasons for self-medication were that the illness was not severe (enough) to see the doctor (45%); the patient did not think that the trouble of seeing a doctor was worth the effort (23%); the patient had no time to see the doctor (12%), and the patient did not want to pay high medical costs (15%). Logistic regression results suggested that respondents tended to select self-medication if the illness was minor or short-term (less than seven days). Conclusions: Our findings suggest that more strict regulation on over-the-counter medicines may be required to reduce health risks related to self-medication. Targeted health education on the risks of self-medication should be considered. View Full-Text
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Lei, X.; Jiang, H.; Liu, C.; Ferrier, A.; Mugavin, J. Self-Medication Practice and Associated Factors among Residents in Wuhan, China. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 68.
Lei X, Jiang H, Liu C, Ferrier A, Mugavin J. Self-Medication Practice and Associated Factors among Residents in Wuhan, China. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2018; 15(1):68.Chicago/Turabian Style
Lei, Xiaosheng; Jiang, Heng; Liu, Chaojie; Ferrier, Adamm; Mugavin, Janette. 2018. "Self-Medication Practice and Associated Factors among Residents in Wuhan, China." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 15, no. 1: 68.