|Title:||Household survey of treatment of malaria in Hajjah, Yemen|
|Authors:||Abdo Rabbo, A.|
|Abstract:||The practice of self-medication is widespread in the Republic of Yemen. The objectives of this study were to describe the treatment of malaria in households and to promote rational treatment. We surveyed 201 households with family members suffering from malaria or being treated with antimalarials. Numbers of prescribed and non-prescribed drugs were recorded and treatment rationality assessed. Common patterns of irrational treatment of malaria were observed. Polypharmacy was common, with an average of 3.8 total drugs and 1.3 antimalarials found per encounter. Misused and over use of injectables antimalarials was common. People practised self-medication because of belief, experience, lack of confidence in health services and cost of treatment. Most had no knowledge concerning possible risks of antimalarials|
|Keywords:||Attitude to Health|
Health Care Surveys
Quality of Health Care
|Appears in Collections:||EMRO Journal Articles (EMHJ)|
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