Volume 20, Issue 2 (5-2017)                   J Arak Uni Med Sci 2017, 20(2): 33-45 | Back to browse issues page

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Rahbar A, Gharlipour Z, Arsang-Jang S, Ebraze A, Kazazlou Z. Perceived Benefits and Barriers about Self-medication among Women Referring to Health Center in Qom City - 2016. J Arak Uni Med Sci. 2017; 20 (2) :33-45
URL: http://amuj.arakmu.ac.ir/article-1-4903-en.html
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Education and Promotion, Faculty of Health, Qom University of Medical Sciences, Qom, Iran , gharlipourz@yahoo.com
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Background: Self-medication is one of the biggest problems of social, health and economic societies such as Iran. The aim of this study was to determine the benefits and barriers about self-medication among women referring to health center in Qom city.  

Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional descriptive-analytical study carried out on women referred to health centers in Qom city- 2016. In the current study, 226 people were selected from among the health centers by multistage sampling. A standard questionnaire was used on knowledge about self-medication, perceived benefits, perceived barriers and self-medication. Data were analyzed by SPSS V.20 using independent t-test and Chi-square.

Results: According to the results of this study, 74.3 percent of women had a history of self-medication that 43.8 percent of them was in the past 6 months. The mean of knowledge about self-medication and perceived barriers in people with a history of self-medication was significantly higher than those who had not a history of self-medication (p<0.05). While, the perceived benefits was not significantly associated with a history of self-medication (p=0.79).

Conclusion: Given the high prevalence of self-medication and the relationship between knowledge and perceived barriers with self-medication, therefore, educational program is necessary for women about the effects and consequences of self-medication through the media.

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Type of Study: Original Atricle | Subject: Health
Received: 2017/01/22 | Accepted: 2017/02/26 | Published: 2017/04/19

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