A pilot study to assess the effectiveness of peer led healtheducation on knowledge regarding adverse effects ofselfmedication among mothers of underfive children in selected rural community of salem.

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C. NITHYAKALAIVANI and K.TAMIZHARASI

Volume: 10 | Issue: 01 | Year 2024 | Subscription
International journal of Nursing Science Practice and Research
Received Date: 01/10/2024
Acceptance Date: 02/28/2024
Published On: 2024-03-29
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C. NITHYAKALAIVANI and K.TAMIZHARASI A pilot study to assess the effectiveness of peer led healtheducation on knowledge regarding adverse effects ofselfmedication among mothers of underfive children in selected rural community of salem. International journal of Nursing Science Practice and Research. 2024; 10(01): -p.
Abstract

Child health is the most crucial factor determining the growth of children, especially during
their first five years of life. In recent years, the relatively low immune response in this age
group has resulted in outbreaks of diseases and infections. Self-medication involves the use of
drugs without consulting a physician for the treatment or prevention of ailments. Self-
medication a potentially unsafe practice with various risks, including drug interactions,
antibiotic resistance, misdiagnosis, habituation, allergic reactions, incorrect self-diagnosis,
delays in seeking medical advice, and the risk of dependence and abuse. Underfive mothers
may be influenced by numerous factors to engage in self-medication, and these factors need
to be addressed adequately to facilitate learning. The study aims to evaluate the effectiveness
of peer-led health education in enhancing knowledge about the adverse effects of self-
medication among mothers of children under five. A study was conducted among 30 mothers
who have children under five in selected villages of Mallur block, Salem District. Instruments

used to collect data were a demographic questionnaire and structured interview schedule to
assess knowledge on the adverse effects of self-medication. After pretest, health education on
adverse effects of self medication were given by peer educator. Level of knowledge in pretest
was inadequate 24(80%) after intervention the second post test score was moderately
adequate 24(80%). The study concludes that the practice of self medication among mothers
of the under five children’s is high after intervention they gained knowledge regarding
adverse effects of self medication and their practice to administering self medication was
reduced to maximum. There It is necessary to raise awareness about the access to healthcare
systems, even for minor illnesses, to ensure the health of children. Regular and ongoing
health education is essential at the community level to inform about the dangers and potential
risks associated with self-medication.

Keywords: Self medication, Peer led health education, Adverse effects.

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C. NITHYAKALAIVANI and K.TAMIZHARASI A pilot study to assess the effectiveness of peer led healtheducation on knowledge regarding adverse effects ofselfmedication among mothers of underfive children in selected rural community of salem. International journal of Nursing Science Practice and Research. 2024; 10(01): -p.

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