Factors contributing to Self-Medication among adults aged 18-50 years in Lyamutundwe Village, Busiro County, Wakiso District. A Cross-sectional Study.
Keywords:Self-Medication , Lyamutundwe Village, Wakiso District
Self-medication is the use of drugs to treat self-diagnosed disorders or symptoms. The purpose of the study is to assess the factors contributing to self-medication among adults aged 18-50 years in Lyamutundwe village, Busiro County, Wakiso district.
The study design used was a descriptive cross-sectional study with a purposive sampling technique as sampling technique. Data were collected on a sample of 50 respondents using structured questionnaires and later analyzed manually using tally sheets and presented in frequency distribution tables and figures with the support of narratives.
Findings related to individual factors contributing to self-medication reported that 78% of the respondents had kept some medications at home, 68% had someone self-medicating at home, 56% had medical personnel in the family, 70% usually took medicines that remained home, 78% took medicine without first visiting the hospital, 41% had taken medicines without prescription more than thrice, 60% self-medicated more in pain killers. 94% of the respondents had pharmacies/ drug shops around their homes, 85% were influenced by the pharmacies/drug shops to buy drugs whenever they got sick before visiting a health practitioner, and 68% had ever been recommended drugs by a community member.
The researcher, therefore, concluded that most individuals practiced self-medication since most of them found it time-saving and affordable for them.
Individuals should always first attain prescriptions before taking any drug and conducting community sensitization programs by public health officers to create awareness of the dangers of self-medication
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