Research Article | Volume: 4, Issue: 5, May, 2014

What do Brazilian community pharmacists know about self-medication for minor illnesses? A pilot study in the northeast of Brazil

Chiara Erminia da Rocha Mônica Lima Bispo Thaciana dos S. Alcantara Giselle de C Brito Maria Jésia Vieira Divaldo P de Lyra Jr   

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Published:  May 27, 2014

DOI: 10.7324/JAPS.2014.40503

The benefits of self-medication are undeniable and include a decrease in the number of medical visits. In this work, among other objectives, it sought to describe the knowledge of a group of community pharmacists about minor illness and self-medication. This study was quantitative and qualitative, and took place between June and August 2012 in two groups of chain community pharmacies. All community pharmacists were interviewed face-to-face. Thirty-five community pharmacist completed the interview. Eighty-eight percent of the respondents were women and were aged above 25 years. A total of 88.8% said that they knew the definition of minor illness. Pharmacists that having studied management of minor illness as an undergraduate from private universities had more exposure to minor illness manager subject (p = 0.0043). Regarding the definition of minor illness, pharmacists cited specific parameters, such as duration of disease, and treatment or possible pharmacist intervention for symptoms, which showed a way to distinguish a minor symptom from a chronic disease. Pharmacists included detailed comments on particular aspects of the self-medication practice or highlighted medicine-specific characteristics. Findings indicated that community pharmacists have poor knowledge about minor illness that could explain the passive attitudes towards self-medication.

Keyword:     Community pharmacist self-medication minor illness knowledge attitude.


Chiara Erminia da Rocha, Mônica Lima Bispo, Thaciana dos S. Alcantara, Giselle de C Brito, Maria Jésia Vieira, Divaldo P de Lyra Jr. What do brazilian community pharmacists know about self-medication for minor illnesses? A pilot study in the northeast of brazil. J App Pharm Sci, 2014; 4 (05): 012-020.

Copyright:The Author(s). This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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