PREVALENCE OF SELF-MEDICATION AND TRADITIONAL MEDICATION AMONG RESIDENTS IN A VILLAGE IN SEPANG, SELANGOR
The aim of this study was to determine the pattern of health care utilization amongst the rural community and the prevalence of complementary health care in Kampung Giching, Sepang, Selangor. A cross sectional study was conducted in 2001 Out of the 154 respondents selected by universal sampling, only 131 completed the questionnaires giving a response rate of 85.1%. The respondents were asked to recall the presence of any illness during the past 6 months and their use of health care. Twenty-four respondents claimed to be healthy without having any illness (18.3%), 33 respondents (25 .2%) reported that they had chronic illnesses, while the rest (n=74) reported having acute illnesses. There were 54.2% of the respondents admitted trying self medication and 10 .3 % seeked traditional medication for their respective illnesses. Among the self-medicated respondents, 48. 3 % used modem medicine, 48.3% used traditional medicine, 1.7% used both modern and traditional medicines and 1.7% respondent used home remedies. The results of this study show that both modern and traditional practitioners play important roles in giving information on self-medication. These practitioners as well as the public should be advised on the benefits and side-effects of both types of medication ( modern and traditional).
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