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The prevalence and characterization of self-medication for obtaining pain relief among undergraduate nursing students.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21584369     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study investigates the prevalence of self-medication among undergraduate nursing students seeking to relieve pain and characterizes the pain and relief obtained through the used medication. This epidemiological and cross-sectional study was carried out with 211 nursing students from a public university in Goiás, GO, Brazil. A numerical scale (0-10) measured pain intensity and relief. The prevalence of self-medication was 38.8%. The source and main determining factor of this practice were the student him/herself (54.1%) and lack of time to go to a doctor (50%), respectively. The most frequently used analgesic was dipyrone (59.8%) and pain relief was classified as good (Md=8.5;Max=10;Min=0). The prevalence of self-medication was higher than that observed in similar studies. Many students reported that relief obtained through self-medication was good, a fact that can delay the clarification of a diagnosis and its appropriate treatment.
Layz Alves Ferreira Souza; Camila Damázio da Silva; Gisely Carvalho Ferraz; Fátima Aparecida Emm Faleiros Sousa; Lílian Varanda Pereira
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Revista latino-americana de enfermagem     Volume:  19     ISSN:  1518-8345     ISO Abbreviation:  Rev Lat Am Enfermagem     Publication Date:    2011 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-05-17     Completed Date:  2011-10-04     Revised Date:  2014-07-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9420934     Medline TA:  Rev Lat Am Enfermagem     Country:  Brazil    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng; por; spa     Pagination:  245-51     Citation Subset:  N    
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MeSH Terms
Cross-Sectional Studies
Pain / drug therapy*
Self Medication / statistics & numerical data*
Students, Nursing*
Young Adult

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