The Prevalence and Affecting Factors on Self-Medication Among Students of Kermanshah University of Medical Science in 2014Correspondence Address :
Dr. Khadije Jamshidi,
Faculty of Health, Isar Square, the Student Research Committee,
Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah, Iran.
Introduction: Self-medication is an increasingly growing health problem, which has many adverse effects on human and the cost used in the production of medications.
Aim: The current study was conducted to estimate the prevalence of self-medication among student of Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences in 2014.
Materials and Methods: In a descriptive-cross-sectional study, 364 students of Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences were recruited through stratified random sampling method. Data collection was done by researcher-made questionnaire, entered to SPSS22 software and analysed by descriptive and inferential statistics.
Results: Of the 364 students, prevalence of self-medication was 123 (33.7%) the mean age was 21.63±1.92, among them 64.2% took the medication from the pharmacy and 34.95% have faced complications of self-medication. The main cause of self-medication among students were the history of a disease of taking medication (44.71%), deemed no importance of the disease (34.95%), and easy accessibility of the medication (20.32%).
Conclusion: With regard to the high prevalence of self-medication among the students, it is suggested to provide educational programs on the adverse effects of self-medication, and appropriate measures to control and prevent easy access to the medications.
Complications, Drug resistance, Prescription drug overuse
Sayed Mojtaba Ahmadi, Khadije Jamshidi, khirollah sadeghi, Alireza Abdi, Mansour Pashaie Vahid. THE PREVALENCE AND AFFECTING FACTORS ON SELF-MEDICATION AMONG STUDENTS OF KERMANSHAH UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCE IN 2014. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] 2016 May [cited: 2018 Jan 17 ]; 10:IC01-IC04. Available from
Date of Submission: Nov 27, 2015
Date of Peer Review: Dec 19, 2015
Date of Acceptance: Feb 02, 2016
Date of Publishing: May 01, 2016
Financial OR OTHER COMPETING INTERESTS: None.
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