Date of Completion


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science


Self-medication, NSAIDS, Mefenamic Acid, KAP, descriptive quantitative study, working population


Self-medication is a prevalent practice that can lead to adverse side effects when done irresponsibly. Pain is a common cause to self-medicate and one of the most common nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to treat pain is Mefenamic Acid. In this study, the researchers investigated the demographic profile, the association of the demographic factors with the knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP), the level of KAP, the likelihood to self-medicate, and the level of influence of the common factors that affect the decision of the working population to self-medicate. It is a descriptive quantitative study that gathered respondents who are part of the working population (ages 18 to 64 years old) wherein the target sample size was 380, but the actual gathered respondents were only 111. The majority of the respondents were likely to self-medicate, were female, 18 to 24 years old, professionals, and have a monthly income of Php 10,958.00 to Php 21,914.00. The association of the demographic factors and the KAP of the respondents were not significant, the level of knowledge and attitude was good, but the level of practice was average, and there was a significant influence of the common factors in the decision of the respondents to selfmedicate using Mefenamic Acid. Even with this level of KAP, it does not mean that self-medication has no bad effects however, it is still a good indication that the respondents have enough knowledge, upright attitude, and acceptable practices in self-medication for pain management.

First Advisor

Maria Teresa F. Mateo