Acıbadem Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Dergisi 2020 , Vol 11, Issue 1
Self ? Medication With Analgesics Among Nursing Students For Pain Management
Seher Ünver1,Remziye Semerci2,Zeynep Kızılcık Özkan1,İlker Murat Avcıbaşı3,Seda Aral4
1Trakya University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Surgical Nursing, Edirne, Turkey
2Trakya University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Child Health and Disease Nursing, Edirne, Turkey
3Trakya University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Public Health Nursing, Edirne, Turkey
4American Hospital, Department of Oncology, Istanbul, Turkey
DOI : 10.31067/0.2020.254 Objectives: The purpose of this study was to determine the status of nursing students regarding self - medication with analgesics for pain management.

Materials and Methods: This descriptive study was conducted in the nursing department of a university in Turkey between May 12th - 27th 2016. For the data collection, a form was used that included questions about the individual characteristics of the students as well as the status of self - medication with analgesics. Descriptive analysis, chi-square test and independent samples t-test were used for data analyzing. Statistically significant differences were expressed at the 95 percent level of confidence (p < .05).

Results: Among 398 nursing students, 199 of them (50%) reported using analgesics for pain management during the last 30 days and self - medication with analgesics rate among students was 61.8% (n = 123). The main reason for self - medication was a previous analgesic experience.

Conclusion: This study showed a critically high rate of self - medication with analgesics without a prescription among nursing students. There is a need to raise awareness of nursing students about the disadvantages of self - medication to provide safe analgesic use. Keywords : Analgesic, nursing students, pain management, self ? medication