2014
DOI: 10.1590/abd1806-4841.20142872
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Prevalence of self-medication for skin diseases: a systematic review

Abstract: Self-medication is the selection and use of drugs without medical prescription, to treat diseases or for symptomatic relief. This article is a systematic review on self-medication in skin diseases. A search was conducted on Virtual Health Library and PubMed databases using predetermined descriptors. Two researchers performed the article selection process independently, with the degree of inter-observer agreement measured by the kappa index. The prevalence of self-medication ranged from 6.0 to 45.0%. Topical co… Show more

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“…10,11 For dermatological condition the prevalence of self medication ranged from 6 to 45%. 12 One study from Iraq showed about 7.9% had steroid abuse, for general dermatological condition. 13 But our study showed as much as 71.1% combining both only steroid and in form of steroid and antifungal combination both.…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…10,11 For dermatological condition the prevalence of self medication ranged from 6 to 45%. 12 One study from Iraq showed about 7.9% had steroid abuse, for general dermatological condition. 13 But our study showed as much as 71.1% combining both only steroid and in form of steroid and antifungal combination both.…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…11,12 The questionnaire was circulated among four subject experts for their inputs regarding validity of the statements and their ease of comprehension. The questionnaire was tested for ease of comprehension and readability among 5 staff members of the department and necessary modifications carried out.…”
Section: Study Toolmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Self-medication is defined as the use of medicines by individuals for self-diagnosed diseases, including the use of herbal and traditional remedies (WHO, 1998). Various studies have reported the use of self-care remedies by patients with different diseases including skin diseases before attendance at dermatology clincs (Correa-Fissmer, Mendonca, Martins, & Galato, 2014;Gail et al, 2015;Semenya, Potgieter, Tshisikhawe, Shava, & Maroyi, 2012). Studies have shown that a large number of these patients make use of traditional remedies especially in sub-Saharan Africa (Dlova & Ollengo, 2018).…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%