FAMILY SELF MEDICATION IN CHILDREN ATTENDING A TERTIARY CARE HOSPITAL IN NORTHEAST INDIAAbstract
This study was undertaken to determine the prevalence and determinants of family self-medication in children in northeast India. A validated structured interview schedule was used in 487 caregivers of children attending the out-patient department and in-patient ward of the department of pediatrics, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal, India. The study schedule included questions related to the socio-demographic profile of the participants and their practice of self-medication for their children for the last 6 months. Descriptive statistics like mean and percentage were used. Chi square test was used for significance. A p value of <0.05 was considered as significant. The prevalence of self-medication was found to be 56.1%. The preference of self-medication was significantly dependent on the age of children. The preference was, however, not significantly dependent on gender, birth order of children, or educational and socio-economic status of parents.
Kunal Chakraborty , Ananya Chakraborty *, Sanayaima Devi and Jalina Devi
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, 82 EPIP Area, Whitefield, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
25 August, 2012
12 September, 2012
28 November, 2012
01 December, 2012