- Tuesday, March 7, 2006
- ATTITUDES TOWARD MEDICATIONS: A PILOT STUDY IN PALESTINE
- Published at:ISLAMIC UNIVERSITY JOURNAL
Waleed M. Sweileh & Reem T. Arafat
The effectiveness of drug therapy is largely influenced
by noncompliance, which is believed to be affected by attitude toward drugs.
The aim of the this study was to evaluate the attitudes toward drugs from an
epidemiological perspective in Palestine.
A cross-sectional study, based on questionnaire survey
randomly distributed to individuals in Palestine in the period starting
November 2004 to January 2005. Data collected were entered and analyzed
using Statistical Package for Social Sciences Program (SPSS) version 11 for
ATTITUDES TOWARD MEDICATIONS…
Out of 573 respondents, 79.9% considered drugs as positive, a help;
15.4% viewed medication as necessary, evil; 4.7% considered medication as
negative danger. “Self-Care” oriented people viewed medications more
positive than others. Differences in attitude were observed among users of
different types of drugs; those using antihypertensive or asthmatic,
psychotropic drugs viewed medication more negatively than others. Patient’s
medication knowledge greatly affects attitude toward drugs and thus patients
compliance and drug effectiveness.
Discussion and Conclusion:
The majority of the study sample viewed