Self-medication profiles in school-age adolescents in Surabaya city, Indonesia

Journal of Public Health in Africa

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Title Self-medication profiles in school-age adolescents in Surabaya city, Indonesia
Creator Mufarrihah, Mufarrihah Yuda, Ana Paramanandana, Abhimata Retnowati, Dini Cahyani, Devy M. Sari, Retno Sugiyartono, Sugiyartono Purwanti, Tutiek Isadiartuti, Dewi Hendradi, Esti Miatmoko, Andang
Subject — Self-medication; school-age students; pharmacist; medication error; public health
Description Background: It has been reported that children are already practicing self-medication. Indeed, at the children’s age, they are not allowed to self-medicate due to limited knowledge regarding self-medication, leading to inappropriate drug therapy or self-toxicity becoming problems in public health. Objective: This study aimed to determine how school-age adolescents carry out self-medication behavior. Methods: The study was designed as a cross-sectional in which data were collected using questionnaire methods. There were 195 students recruited in this study, consisting of SDN Keputih-245 Elementary School students, SMPN 19 Surabaya Junior High School, and SMAN 11 Surabaya Senior High School. Results: The results showed that most of the students had purchased medicine independently without a doctor’s prescription. The primary source of information regarding self-medication by school students is family. Although most of the respondents stated they always inform their parents or doctors, it has been found that the practice of self-medication by school-age teenagers without informing their parents or doctors exists. Moreover, less than 50% of student respondents believe that self-medication is safe. Conclusion: The role of pharmacists is urgently needed to pro- vide proper education related to drug information and self-medication to increase school-age students’ knowledge.
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Date 2023-03-30
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format application/pdf
Identifier 10.4081/jphia.2023.2530
Source Journal of Public Health in Africa; Vol 14, S 1 (2023): 4th Joint Conference of UNAIR-USM, International Conference of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ICPHS); 7 2038-9930 2038-9922
Language eng
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