Are we using drugs rationally? A survey study from Turkey
Objectives: To investigate the rational use of drugs from patient’s perspective.
Methods: This study was conducted at the Afyon Kocatepe University Training and Research Hospital between February and March 2013. Data were collected with a questionnaire. Descriptive statistics and Chi-Square test were used.
Results: About 54% (n=419) of participants reported that they used drugs without the advice of a physician. The 19-24 age group, secondary and high school graduates, and students used drugs more often without consulting a physician (P < 0.05). Participants that used drugs after consulting a physician did not fully use the drugs as recommended by the physician, and physicians did not give patients adequate information about prescribed drug(s). 72% of participants stored drug(s) at home.
Conclusions: Rational use of drugs is not completely achieved. Certain patient groups and even physicians are closer to being a part of the irrational use of drugs.
How to cite this:Ozdinc S, Sensoy N, Kurt R, Altas S, Altun R. Are we using drugs rationally? A survey study from Turkey. Pak J Med Sci 2015;31(5):1156-1161. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.12669/pjms.315.7370
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