Exploring the Knowledge, Attitude and Practices towards Use of Unprescribed Drugs among Adults of a Selected City of Somaliland

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Salman Mohamed Farah
A. B. M. Alauddin Chowdhury
Kamrul Hossain
Masoud Mohammadnezhad
Russell Kabir

Abstract

Background: The emergence and spread of resistance related to the irrational use of antibiotics is a major global public health problem. The aim of this study was to assess Knowledge, Attitude and Practices towards use of unprescribed drugs among adults in a selected city of Somaliland.

Methods: This study used cross-sectional survey and data was collected through semi-structured questionnaire. A purposive sampling of 400 individuals was obtained; Slovene’s Formula was used to calculate the sample size & Data was analysed by using SSPS v.20 and Ms Excel.

Results: It is found that 64.3% of the respondents used any form of medicine without a medical practitioner's prescription. It is found that there is a significant association between respondent's level of knowledge and practice of unprescribed drug use.

Conclusion: The conclusion is that it is important to formulate policies and strategies for drug distribution and sales aimed for controlling the public use of unprescribed drugs.

Keywords:
Knowledge, attitude and practice, antibiotics, unprescribed drugs, adults, Somaliland

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Farah, S., Chowdhury, A. B. M., Hossain, K., Mohammadnezhad, M., & Kabir, R. (2018). Exploring the Knowledge, Attitude and Practices towards Use of Unprescribed Drugs among Adults of a Selected City of Somaliland. Journal of Advances in Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 19(1), 1-7. https://doi.org/10.9734/JAMPS/2018/45725
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Original Research Article