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Volume 15, Issue 2 (June-July 2012)                   J Arak Uni Med Sci 2012, 15(2): 27-34 | Back to browse issues page

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Palizvan M R, Rafiei M, Khazaee M R. Assesment and comparison of drug use among medical and non-medical staff members in Markazi Province, Iran. J Arak Uni Med Sci. 2012; 15 (2) :27-34
URL: http://jams.arakmu.ac.ir/article-1-1134-en.html
1- Arak University of medical sciences , palizvan@yahoo.com
2- Arak University of medical sciences
Abstract:   (9260 Views)
Background: Previous studies in Iran and around the world have indicated the high rate of medicines use. In recent years, medicine use has continued to rise in spite of attempts made by the Ministry of Health and Medical Education in Iran. Therefore, it seems that in addition to the reasons considered in previous studies, there are other reasons for this problem in Iran. One of the parameters involved in this problem is the high medicine use among the clinical staff. Thus the aim of this study is to compare medicine use among clinical and non-clinical staff members. Materials and Methods: In this cross-sectional study, information about the monthly use of medicines was obtained by means of a questionnaire administered to eight groups of clinical and non-clinical members: first-year medical students, first-year non-medical students, interns of medicine, forth-year non-medical students, general physicians, specialists, academic members with M.Sc, and academic members with PhD degrees. Results: The results showed that medicine use decreased with increase in education level in both groups. In addition, the comparison of medicine use between clinical and non-clinical groups showed that there is not a significant difference for most medicines among the first- and second-year students but medicine use significantly increased among general physicians and specialists compared to the control groups. Conclusion: The results of this study showed that medicine use among clinical staff should be considered in controlling medicine use in Iran.
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Received: 2011/04/27 | Accepted: 2011/07/13

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