SelfCare Focus: a selection of newly published papers on self-care from the worldwide literature. 2. Association between beliefs about medicines and self-medication with analgesics among patients with dental pain.

Association between beliefs about medicines and self-medication with analgesics among patients with dental pain.

By: Mittal P, Chan OY, Kanneppady SK, Verma RK, Hasan SS.

PLoS One. 2018 Aug 2;13(8):e0201776.

Summary: The study aimed to examine the relationship between beliefs about medicines and self-medication with analgesics in dental pain management in Malaysia. Participants were evaluated for their self-medication practices via 4 items. The prevalence of self-medication with analgesics was 29.4%. Participants practising self-medication reported more positive beliefs in General-Necessity (13.04 vs. 9.98) than those not practising self-medication. However, these participants had weaker beliefs in General-Harm (12.00 vs. 10.29) and General-Overuse (11.38 vs. 10.31) than those not practising self-medication.

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