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Study of self-medication for musculoskeletal pain among nursing and medicine students at Pontifícia Universidade Católica - São Paulo

By José Eduardo Martinez, Giovanni Augusto Farina Pereira, Luiz Gustavo Martinelli Ribeiro, Ricardo Nunes, Daniel Ilias and Luiz Gustavo Moretti Navarro


AbstractObjectiveTo study the self-medication for pain among students of medicine and nursing of the PUCSP compared with students from other knowledge areas.Material and methodsData were obtained in two groups: A - students from the health knowl- edge area, and B - students of law and engineering. It was used a questionnaire developed by the authors. Statistical analysis used the Chi-square test and the Fischer.ResultsIn relation to gender, there is a predominance of women in the health group and a male majority in other one. In the health group there was a greater number of medi- cal students, and in the control group of engineering. It is observed a high degree of self- treatment in both groups. It appears that participants in the health group have used more anti-inflammatory drugs and opioid than the others subjects studied.ConclusionThe frequency of medication for pain is higher in the group of health students, and self-medication is equally practiced among students of health and other areas

Publisher: Elsevier Editora Ltda.
Year: 2014
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.rbre.2014.03.002
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