The prevalence and characterization of self-medication for obtaining pain relief among undergraduate nursing students

Layz Alves Ferreira Souza, Camila Damázio da Silva, Gisely Carvalho Ferraz, Fátima Aparecida Emm Faleiros Sousa, Lílian Varanda Pereira
2011 Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem  
This study investigates the prevalence of self-medication among undergraduate nursing students seeking to relieve pain and characterizes the pain and relief obtained through the used medication. This epidemiological and cross-sectional study was carried out with 211 nursing students from a public university in Goiás, GO, Brazil. A numerical scale (0-10) measured pain intensity and relief. The prevalence of self-medication was 38.8%. The source and main determining factor of this practice were
more » ... his practice were the student him/herself (54.1%) and lack of time to go to a doctor (50%), respectively. The most frequently used analgesic was dipyrone (59.8%) and pain relief was classified as good (Md=8.5;Max=10;Min=0). The prevalence of self-medication was higher than that observed in similar studies. Many students reported that relief obtained through self-medication was good, a fact that can delay the clarification of a diagnosis and its appropriate treatment.
doi:10.1590/s0104-11692011000200004 pmid:21584369 fatcat:z2vq74wkm5h73jbnl3rswyawnq