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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Self-medication In The Elderly: A Public Health Problem [automedicação Em Idosos: Um Problema De Saúde Pública]
Author: Telles Filho P.C.P.
Almeida A.G.P.
Pinheiro M.L.P.
Abstract: Self-medication may cause side effects, allergic reactions and intoxications. This study aimed to identify and analyze self-medication with regard to the frequency, reasons, justifications, time ingesta and influences in elderly participating in a Family Health Strategy of a city in the state of Minas Gerais. It is a descriptive study with 50 elderly using a validated questionnaire, applied in January to March 2011. The main reason for self-medication was pain, reported by 41(82%) followed by influenza with 8(16%). Regarding justification 29(58%) reported that was for possessing the drug at home and five (10%) due to difficult access to the medical appointment. Advertising/media was reported for 31(62%) of participants as the influence for self-medication. It is up to nursing make real solutions in the context of educating and informing the population in addition to facilitate access to health services.
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Date Issue: 2013
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