Self-medication: awareness and attitude among Malaysian urban population

Mohamed Irfadh Mohamed Azhar, Kabisha Gunasekaran, Amudha Kadirvelu, Sunil Gurtu, Sivalal Sadasivan, Bharti Madanlal Kshatriya

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    Self-medication is defined as obtaining and consuming drug(s) without the advice of healthcare professionals either for diagnosis, prescription or surveillance of the treatment. The practice of self-medication is becoming more common worldwide and currently plays a major role in self-care. Objectives: The objectives of our study were: (I) To determine the perception and level of awareness regarding OTC medications, among the general public in Malaysia and (II) to determine the effect of factors such as socio-demographics, personal health and family history of illness, on the practice, attitudes and awareness regarding OTC drugs, among the Malaysian population.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)436 - 443
    Number of pages8
    JournalInternational Journal of Collaborative Research on Internal Medicine & Public Health
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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