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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 249-251

Self-medication among residents of urban resettlement colony, New Delhi

Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi-110029, India

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K Anand
Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi-110029
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A cross-sectional survey on the practice of self-medication was carried out in September 2005, among 1928 residents of urban resettlement colony in New Delhi. Prevalence of self-medication among those who had suffered some illness episode in the last one month was 31.3%. Head/joint/body ache were the most common symptoms for which self-medication was practiced. Chemists were the main source of prescription for self-medication. Time and money factor were identified as the major reasons for not seeking doctor's advice and taking self-medication instead. It was of concern that about 87% users were not aware of side effects of self-medication.

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