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Family self-medication and antibiotics abuse for children and juveniles in a Chinese city


  • Bi, Peng
  • Tong, Shilu
  • Parton, Kevin A.


To identify the determinants of self-medication and antibiotics abuse by parents treating their children aged between 2 and 18 over the previous year, an investigation was conducted in Hefei City, China in April, 1995. A total of 1596 students from a kindergarten, a primary school and a high school were included in the study, and 1459 completed questionnaires were collected (the response rate: 91.4%). The results showed the rate of parental self-medication for their children in the sample was 59.4%. It increased with children's age; about 51% of children had received parental self-medication on six or more occasions during the 1-year period and 32.8% on four to five occasions; there were associations between parental self-prescribers and sources of medicine and severity of disease. The rate of antibiotics abuse was 35.7%. Logistic regression analysis showed that there were significant associations between self-medication and payment of the mother's medical fees by employers, severity of diseases as well as the mother's educational level.

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  • Bi, Peng & Tong, Shilu & Parton, Kevin A., 2000. "Family self-medication and antibiotics abuse for children and juveniles in a Chinese city," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 50(10), pages 1445-1450, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:50:y:2000:i:10:p:1445-1450

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    1. Currie, Janet & Lin, Wanchuan & Zhang, Wei, 2011. "Patient knowledge and antibiotic abuse: Evidence from an audit study in China," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 30(5), pages 933-949.
    2. Jin, Lei, 2010. "From mainstream to marginal? Trends in the use of Chinese medicine in China from 1991 to 2004," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 71(6), pages 1063-1067, September.


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