“I AM NOW A DOCTOR”: SELF-MEDICATION PRACTICES AMONG HOUSEHOLDS IN ACCRA

CDR Coalition EMELIA AFI AGBLEVOR 141 PAGES (36437 WORDS) Thesis
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ABSTRACT Medicines are important commodities and their use in households continues to generate interest. In developing countries, medicines form about 30-40% of health expenditure. Most of these medicines are bought by individuals for self-medication and rarely bought on prescription. Yet as chemical products their uncontrolled use could be dangerous. It is therefore important to understand how individuals use medicines especially at the household level, and how the context influences their action, taking into consideration their beliefs, practices and socio-economic status. The aim of the study is to investigate self-medication among households of different socioeconomic categories in Accra with a view to understanding how the household context influences the use of medicine. Four residential areas were purposively selected and sixteen households were identified in 4 distinct communities in Accra. Through the use of a unique bi-monthly monitoring tool, data was collected on medicines used by households every fifteen days over a period of five months which was enriched by interviews with mothers of these households. Interviews were transcribed and analyzed thematically together with data from the bi-monthly monitoring tool. Results from the data show that self-medication is very high among households and cuts across all social classes; the elderly are the greatest self medicators, a practice which is encouraged by long waiting times at hospitals, easy access to community medicines outlets, knowledge of prescription patterns of doctors and advertisements. Medicines most used for self-medication include vitamins, food supplements, appetite stimulants and blood tonics. Self-medication is a reality with negative public health consequences such as resistance and over-dosing that must be watched. 

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APA

CDR, C (2021). “I AM NOW A DOCTOR”: SELF-MEDICATION PRACTICES AMONG HOUSEHOLDS IN ACCRA. Afribary.com: Retrieved April 11, 2021, from https://afribary.com/works/i-am-now-a-doctor-self-medication-practices-among-households-in-accra

MLA 8th

Coalition, CDR. "“I AM NOW A DOCTOR”: SELF-MEDICATION PRACTICES AMONG HOUSEHOLDS IN ACCRA" Afribary.com. Afribary.com, 02 Apr. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/i-am-now-a-doctor-self-medication-practices-among-households-in-accra . Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

MLA7

Coalition, CDR. "“I AM NOW A DOCTOR”: SELF-MEDICATION PRACTICES AMONG HOUSEHOLDS IN ACCRA". Afribary.com, Afribary.com, 02 Apr. 2021. Web. 11 Apr. 2021. < https://afribary.com/works/i-am-now-a-doctor-self-medication-practices-among-households-in-accra >.

Chicago

Coalition, CDR. "“I AM NOW A DOCTOR”: SELF-MEDICATION PRACTICES AMONG HOUSEHOLDS IN ACCRA" Afribary.com (2021). Accessed April 11, 2021. https://afribary.com/works/i-am-now-a-doctor-self-medication-practices-among-households-in-accra