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Behroozpour A, Shams M, Mousavi M, Ostovar R, Maleki M. Self-Medication Among Women in Yasouj City and Factors Associated with it: A Preliminary Study for Designing an Intervention Based on Health Belief Model. sjsph. 2016; 14 (3) :97-108
URL: http://sjsph.tums.ac.ir/article-1-5413-en.html

1- MSc. Student, Department of Health Education and Promotion, School of Public Health, Yasuj University of Medical Sciences, Student Research Committee, Yasuj, Iran
2- Ph.D. Associate Professor, Determinants of Health Research Center, Yasuj University of Medical Sciences, Yasuj, Iran , moshaisf@yahoo.com
3- Ph.D. Student, Department of Epidemiology, Student Research Committee, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
4- Ph.D. Associate Professor, Determinants of Health Research Center, Yasuj University of Medical Sciences, Yasuj, Iran
5- MSc. Student, Department of Health Education and Promotion, School of Public Health, Student research Committee, Yasuj University of Medical Sciences, Yasuj, Iran
Abstract:   (1726 Views)

Background and Aim: Self-medication, as a common risky health behavior, has financial and non-financial costs for Iranians.  This study aimed at determining the situation of self-medication and factors influencing it among women in Yasuj, Iran.

Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was performed on 192 women referred to urban health care centers in Yasuj, selected randomly from the existing health files at the centers. Data were collected using a standard questionnaire based on the Health Belief Model and analyzed by SPSS 16 statistical software.

Results: The most widely used medicines for self-medication were those for common cold and antibiotics from among over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and prescription-only-medicines (POM), respectively. Perceived susceptibility (17.63± 3.46) was the main construct associated with self-medication among women.

Conclusion: Once the causes of self-medication and its relationship with the Health Belief Model constructs are known, designing and implementing educational programs aiming at promoting awareness and perception of population groups, especially women, seems necessary.

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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Public Health
Received: 2016/12/21 | Accepted: 2016/12/21 | Published: 2016/12/21

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