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Enfermería: Cuidados Humanizados

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RIVAS RIVEROS, Edith; RIVAS LIENQUEO, Angélica  and  BUSTOS MEDINA, Luis. Consumption of medicines in health professionals and technical/ administrative staff:. Enfermería (Montevideo) [online]. 2018, vol.7, n.2, pp.63-82. ISSN 1688-8375.

The objective of the study was to assess the situation of consumption of non-prescribed drugs by health professionals, technical/administrative staff and its associated factors. It corresponds to a cross-sectional design in 182 professionals and 578 technicians/ administratives. A descriptive and inferential analysis was performed, with a significance level of 5%. The Committee on Ethics and Informed Consent has approved this study. It was obtained that 44.9% consumed non-prescribed medication, when comparing with professional situation, OR = 1.66, CI (1.18-2.32); in tobacco consumption OR = 1.38, CI 1.02-1.87); in alcohol consumption OR = 2.10, CI (1.55-2.86); in arterial hypertension OR = 2.25 CI (1.29-3.91), and in headaches OR = 1.73, CI (1.27-2.37). A high percentage of self-medication is shown, data similar to a study performed in pharmacists and students of Health Sciences (38.5%). There is also a high risk in associated variables, consistent with international studies that point out exogenous factors and associated endogenous factors.

It is concluded that there is a high prevalence of self-medication and that the associated factors (smoking and alcohol consumption) influence this practice. It is hoped that the investigation into the health status of health professionals will be promoted, thus guaranteeing the safety of their activities and the impeccability in the practice of the profession.

Keywords : Nonprescription Medications; Health Technicians; Self-Medication; Risk Group..

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