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Assessment of Self and prescribed medication practices in rural community of Peshawar, Pakistan
Ambreen Arif, Obaid Ullah, Israr Ahmad1, Aftab Khan, Arif Mehmood Khan
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This Descriptive cross sectional study was to evaluate self and prescribed medication practices among rural community of Peshawar. The study was conducted by Pakistan Health Research Council(PHRC), Research Centre, Khyber Medical (KMC) Peshawar from 5th June to 30th November 2017in a defined rural community of District Peshawar. A digital questionnaire based on self and prescribed medications was prepared and uploaded into Open Data Kit (ODK) Collect Software in android tablets. Questionnaire was based on different question regarding socio-demographic, self and prescribed medication practices.
Among 310 respondents it was found that 44.2% were practicing both self and prescribed medication while 30.6% used to practice self-medication only. Minor illnesses like fever (89.9%) and pains (83.6%) were treated by self-medication. In case of chronic patients, they practiced prescribed medication rather than self-medication. Majority of the non-prescribed medicines were pain killers (92.8%) and fever relieving medicines (81.3%). According to 24.6% of the participants, chemists were the source of information for self-medication. Similarly, 51.6% respondents purchased medicines from nearest pharmacy/ chemist shop for self-medication. As regard the dosage of antibiotics and medicine 95% of those who practiced self-medication acquired information from family members and friends. More than half (53.2%) of the study subjects were in the favor of practicing self-medication.
The results show that majority of the participants were practicing self-medication. Low cost, quick relief, lack of access to health facility and most importantly ignorance from the side effects of self-medication might be the possible reasons in rural setting.
Keywords: Rural community, Self-medication, Digital questionnaire, Side effects, Chronic diseases, Medicines
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Arif A, Ullah O, Ahmad I, Khan A, Khan AM. Assessment of Self and prescribed medication practices in rural community of Peshawar, Pakistan.Isra Med J. 2019; 11(5): 402-406.

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