Investigating Performance of Self-Medication in Multan During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Authors

  • Rahat Wase Department of Statistics, Virtual University of Pakistan Author
  • Ammara Ilyas Department of Statistics, Virtual University of Pakistan Author
  • Rubaisha Kajal Department of Statistics, Virtual University of Pakistan Author
  • Javed Iqbal Department of Statistics, Virtual University of Pakistan Author

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.62345/jads.2024.13.1.3

Keywords:

COVID-19 Pandemic, Academic Professionals, Self-medication

Abstract

This study examines the frequency and determining factors that impact using self-medication among academic professionals in Multan during the COVID-19 epidemic. Self-medication, which refers to the use of over-the-counter medications without the supervision of a medical expert, has gained significant attention during the pandemic due to limited access to healthcare facilities and heightened health anxieties. Employing a case study methodology, data was gathered from academic workers in Multan via questionnaires and interviews to investigate the extent of self-medication and ascertain the variables that contribute to it. The findings provide insight into the prevalence of self-administered treatment practices, frequently utilized drugs, motivations for self-medication, and influential sources of information guiding these choices. Potential predictors of self-medication behavior include factors such as the perceived intensity of symptoms, accessibility of pharmaceuticals, past experiences, and socioeconomic position. The implications of these findings for public health policies, healthcare delivery systems, and health education initiatives are examined, focusing on the significance of tackling the underlying reasons behind self-medication to guarantee secure and efficient healthcare practices during health crises such as the COVID-19 epidemic.

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Author Biographies

  • Rahat Wase, Department of Statistics, Virtual University of Pakistan

    Department of Statistics, Virtual University of Pakistan. Email: rahat.wase@vu.edu.pk

  • Ammara Ilyas, Department of Statistics, Virtual University of Pakistan

    Department of Statistics, Virtual University of Pakistan. Email: ammara.ilyas@vu.edu.pk  

  • Rubaisha Kajal, Department of Statistics, Virtual University of Pakistan

    Department of Statistics, Virtual University of Pakistan. Email: rubaisha.kajal@vu.edu.pk

  • Javed Iqbal, Department of Statistics, Virtual University of Pakistan

    Department of Statistics, Virtual University of Pakistan. Corresponding Author Email: javediqbal@vu.edu.pk

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Published

2024-02-28

How to Cite

Investigating Performance of Self-Medication in Multan During the COVID-19 Pandemic . (2024). Journal of Asian Development Studies, 13(1), 29-40. https://doi.org/10.62345/jads.2024.13.1.3

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