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Self-medication in nursing students

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Norma Beatriz Ríos ,
Norma Beatriz Ríos

Instituto Universitario del Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires. Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Celeste Macarena Arteaga ,
Celeste Macarena Arteaga

Instituto Universitario del Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires. Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Yureny González Arias ,
Yureny González Arias

Instituto Universitario del Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires. Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Aylen Ayelen Martínez ,
Aylen Ayelen Martínez

Instituto Universitario del Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires. Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Melina Hitomi Nogawa ,
Melina Hitomi Nogawa

Instituto Universitario del Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires. Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Ayelen Macarena Quinteros ,
Ayelen Macarena Quinteros

Instituto Universitario del Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires. Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Carlos Jesús Canova Barrios ,
Carlos Jesús Canova Barrios

Universidad de Ciencias Empresariales y Sociales (UCES). Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Abstract

Objective: To determine the prevalence and factors associated with the practice of self-medication among undergraduate nursing students at a private institution in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Methodology: Descriptive, quantitative, and cross-sectional study. The sample consisted of 99 nursing students who were administered a self-medication instrument.

Results: A total of 99 students aged between 25 and 35 years were interviewed. Most of them were female (82.83%) and in their first year of study (29.29%). The prevalence of self-medication was 100%. Television and social networks were the main sources of information about medicines; the symptoms that motivated self-medication were pain and cold, and consequently the most used medicines were analgesics (82.83%) and anti-influenza medicines (78.79%). When asked where they obtained the medicines, 79.80% obtained them from pharmacies and 48.48% from relatives.

Conclusions: The prevalence of self-medication was high and was mainly related to the availability of economic resources to access medicines and the possibility of buying them at the pharmacy without a prescription. It is necessary to implement activities to guarantee the responsible use of medicines among nursing students.

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Ríos NB, Arteaga CM, González Arias Y, Martínez AA, Nogawa MH, Quinteros AM, Canova Barrios CJ. Self-medication in nursing students. Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation / Rehabilitacion Interdisciplinaria [Internet]. 2024 Jan. 3 [cited 2024 May 30];4:71. Available from: https://ri.saludcyt.ar/index.php/ri/article/view/71

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