Title

Knowledge and practices among freshmen undergraduates of DLSHSI regarding self-medication as treatment for common ailments

Date of Completion

2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Keywords

Self-Medication

Abstract

This was a descriptive study that aimed to determine the knowledge and practices among 120 freshman undergraduate students of DLSHSI regarding self-medications treatment for common ailments. Respondents were chosen using non-probability accidental sampling. Data was gathered through a survey using a self-made questionnaire and was analysed using percentage, mean, standard deviation, t-test, and Analysis of Variance (ANOVA). Majority of the respondents were 16-17 years old, female adolescents and belong to high income families. The knowledge of the respondents regarding self-medication regardless of age, gender, and monthly family income indicated that the respondents had a moderate knowledge in self-medication as treatment for common ailments. The practices of the respondents regarding self-medication regardless of age, gender and monthly family income indicated that the respondents had a moderate practice in self-medication as treatment for common ailments. The respondents had similar knowledge regarding self-medication as treatment for common ailments when grouped according to gender and monthly family income. However, there was a significant difference in the knowledge of the respondents according to age, since the older group were more knowledgeable. The practices of the respondents regarding self-medication as treatment for common ailments were similar when grouped according to age, gender and monthly family income.

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