Title

Knowledge and practices on self-medication of common ailments among residents in selected communities in Cavite

Date of Completion

2003

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Keywords

Self Medication

Abstract

The researchers utilized a descriptive type of research. The respondents of this study consisted 209 residents from different communities in Cavite using purposive sampling technique. The 21-item self-made questionnaire was designed to collect information regarding the knowledge and practices on self-medication of common ailments among residents in selected communities in Cavite. Data was analyzed through frequency distribution, percentage, mean, Kruskall-Wallis Test and Wilcoxon Rank sum Test (Mann-Whitney Test). The study concluded that, 1) Most of the respondents from selected communities in Cavite who self-medicate are adults, females, married, Catholics, entered college and have monthly family income of greater or equal to P10,000; 2) The three (3) most common ailments experienced by the respondents were cough, fever, and headache; 3) With regard to the knowledge in self-medication of common ailments, most of the respondents agreed that self-medication is a personal defense, has advantages and disadvantages, saves time and money, and enhances their knowledge to treat common ailments. The respondents agreed that some medicines can be bought in the pharmacy with or without a physician's prescription (OTC Drugs), that doctors have greater knowledge on the treatment of common ailments, that herbal medicine has advantages, and that advertisements encourage people to self-medicate; 4) There is no significant difference in the knowledge and practices of the respondents when grouped according to civil status. However, there is a significant difference in the knowledge and practices of the respondents when grouped according to age, gender, religion, educational attainment and monthly income.

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