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KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICE OF SELF MEDICATION AMONG UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS OF KOGI STATE UNIVERSITY, ANYIGBA - NIGERIA
Date Posted: 09/Apr/2014
AUTHORS: 
Achema G. MSc.N, N.R.N, Dip. Paed.N
Doctoral Student
School of Nursing and public health, 
Howard College, University of Kwazulu Natal,
Durban - South Africa
 
Odira, C. MSc.N, R.N/R.M
Department of Nursing sciences, 
College of Health Sciences,
Nnamdi Azikiwe University, 
Akwa, Nnewi Campus, 
Anambra State, Nigeria
 
Umerah.C. R.N/R.M
Grimard School of Midwifery
Anyigba, Kogi State, Nigeria
 
International Professional Nursing Journal
January 2014
Volume 12 Number 1
Pages 65 - 67
KEYWORDS: Knowledge, Practice, self medication, drugs, undergraduate students

ABSTRACT: This study was carried out to ascertain the knowledge and practise of self medication among undergraduate students of kogi state university, Anyigba in a bid to create awareness on the dangers associated with self medication and encourage them to seek the help of a physician during illness. 

 
A descriptive research design was adopted as the methodology and questionnaire was used as an instrument to collecd to collect data from one hundred and forty respondents. The findings from the study showed that majority of the students (92%) have a good knowledge about self medication; and a good number of them, about (41%) practise self medication because the ailment was not too serious. The study concluded that kogi state university students have a good knowledge of self medication and practise same, though, they are very much aware of the dangers of self medication.
 
Therefore, the university clinic should be made more accessible to the students by creating a special unit meant for students health counselling and guidance

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