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Article: Self-medication among Hong Kong Chinese

TitleSelf-medication among Hong Kong Chinese
Authors
KeywordsChinese
Chinese medication
Self-medication
Tonic
Issue Date1994
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/socscimed
Citation
Social Science And Medicine, 1994, v. 39 n. 12, p. 1641-1647 How to Cite?
AbstractA randomized telephone survey on the practice of self-medication in the preceding 2 weeks was carried out from October 1989 to April 1990 among Chinese living in Hong Kong. 1068 people were interviewed. Self-medication was a common and universal practice by Hong Kong Chinese with a prevalence of 32.5% in 2 weeks. Those who reported illness were significantly more likely than those who did not use self-medication (65 vs 18.2%) and to have used more than one item of medications (39 vs 20%). Chinese tonics were the most frequently used self-medications although they were the least known. Chinese medicines were used as often as Western medicines in the self-treatment of illnesses. People used self-medication mainly because they felt that they knew what to do. About 80% of the Western and Chinese medicines were perceived to be effective but only 49% of the tonics were reported so. Side effects were reported from all types of medications with an overall prevalence of 6.4%. There was a lack of knowledge of the possible side effects in over 96% of the self-medications which is an area for patient education. The popularity but the relative lack of knowledge of Chinese tonics call for more scientific research and better regulation on their sales.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/76343
ISSN
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dc.contributor.authorLam, CLKen_HK
dc.contributor.authorCatarivas, MGen_HK
dc.contributor.authorMunro, Cen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLauder, IJen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-06T07:20:13Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-06T07:20:13Z-
dc.date.issued1994en_HK
dc.identifier.citationSocial Science And Medicine, 1994, v. 39 n. 12, p. 1641-1647en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0277-9536en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/76343-
dc.description.abstractA randomized telephone survey on the practice of self-medication in the preceding 2 weeks was carried out from October 1989 to April 1990 among Chinese living in Hong Kong. 1068 people were interviewed. Self-medication was a common and universal practice by Hong Kong Chinese with a prevalence of 32.5% in 2 weeks. Those who reported illness were significantly more likely than those who did not use self-medication (65 vs 18.2%) and to have used more than one item of medications (39 vs 20%). Chinese tonics were the most frequently used self-medications although they were the least known. Chinese medicines were used as often as Western medicines in the self-treatment of illnesses. People used self-medication mainly because they felt that they knew what to do. About 80% of the Western and Chinese medicines were perceived to be effective but only 49% of the tonics were reported so. Side effects were reported from all types of medications with an overall prevalence of 6.4%. There was a lack of knowledge of the possible side effects in over 96% of the self-medications which is an area for patient education. The popularity but the relative lack of knowledge of Chinese tonics call for more scientific research and better regulation on their sales.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/socscimeden_HK
dc.relation.ispartofSocial Science and Medicineen_HK
dc.subjectChineseen_HK
dc.subjectChinese medicationen_HK
dc.subjectSelf-medicationen_HK
dc.subjectTonicen_HK
dc.titleSelf-medication among Hong Kong Chineseen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/0277-9536(94)90078-7en_HK
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