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1: Soc Sci Med. 1988;27(3):287-9. Links

Self-medication among primary care patients in Farazdak Clinic in Riyadh.

College of Allied Medical Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Four hundred and thirty new adult patients were interviewed using a questionnaire for their attitudes and practices regarding self-medication. 69% of the patients were males and 40% were Saudis. 58% of the patients attempted self-medication due to the triviality of their symptoms or to save time and money. They used mostly analgesics, vitamins, tonics and oral antibiotics. 41.6% of the patients did not practise self-medication because of lack of information about the drugs or for fear of complications. Self-medication was associated with literacy and morbidity. Literate patients self-medicated significantly more than illiterates. Patients who perceived their symptoms as minor self-medicated significantly more than those who perceived them as major. No association was found between self-medication and age, sex or occupation.

PMID: 3175712 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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