Renu Sarah Samson1, Melwin Mathew2*, Muhammad Afiq bin Mohd Nazi3, Nur Alia binti Ahmad4 and Amirah Haziyah Binti Mohamad Rosni5
1Associate Professor, Department of Orthodontics, Manipal University College Malaysia, Melaka, Malaysia
2Associate Professor, Department of Periodontology and Implantology, Manipal University College Malaysia, Melaka, Malaysia
3Dental Officer UG41, Klinik Pergigian Bandar Mas, Johor, Malaysia
4Dental Officer UG 41, Klinik Pergigian Batu Gajah, Perak, Malaysia
5Dental Officer UG41, Klinik Pergigian Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
*Corresponding Author: Melwin Mathew, Associate Professor, Department of Periodontology and Implantology, Manipal University College Malaysia, Melaka, Malaysia.
Received: July 25, 2023; Published: August 12, 2023
A descriptive cross-sectional questionnaire study was conducted in a university college in Malaysia to determine the prevalence of self-medication among dental and medical students and its association with various factors such as course of study, year of study, gender, and ethnicity. Out of 401 respondents, 57.11% practiced self-medication. The most common symptom for adopting self-medication was fever and source of medicine was pharmacy. Health professionals must educate one another as well as the patients regarding self-medication. Improved knowledge and understanding about self-medication may result in rational use and thus limit emerging microbial resistance issues and drug abuse.
Keywords:Self-Medication; Prevalence; Knowledge; Medical Students; Dental Students
Citation: Melwin Mathew., et al. “Self-Medication: Its Perception and Practice Among Health Science Students in a Malaysian University College".Acta Scientific Dental Sciences 7.9 (2023): 59-63.
Copyright: © 2023 Melwin Mathew., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.