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prevalence; self-medication; level of study; medical students; Tikrit University
Background: The promotion of self-medication in many countries is based on the prevention of simple diseases and symptoms, the provision of rapid treatment, simpler health system diseases, the reduction of doctor's examination fees in health funds, and the reduction of doctor's examination fees in health funds, The aim of this study is to assess the knowledge, attitude of self-medication among medical students in Tikrit University.
subject and material: A cross sectional study was conducted in Tikrit University College of Medicine from 15th December 2017 to 15th March 2018. The sample size was 225 students of which 113 were male and 112 were female. Samples were selected in stratified random sampling design from all stages of collage. The data was collected by using a questionnaire which was administered by the interviewers and e-mail.
Results:, there is 81.3% of medical students use self-medication. The frequency of self-medication among the clinical stages is higher than the basic stages. Headache (92%) is the most reason of the self-medication practice among people followed by fever (64%) and common cold (58.6%) according to opinion of medical students. The main source of information that dependent by medical students was advice from doctor (64%), and advice from pharmacist (47.5%). Most of the respondents had a poor knowledge (72.8) % but more than half had positive attitude (67.25%) towards -self-medication.
Conclusion: Countless understudies were distinguished to rehearse self-medicine and a large portion of the respondents have helpless information however great demeanor about self-prescription. Commonness of self-drug increments as year of study increments. This might be because of expanded review openness to illnesses and prescriptions. Hence, it is unequivocally suggested for raising the issue of direction to edify the understudies about the issues that might emerge from unseemly drug use.
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