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Table 4 Summary of respondents’ reasons for engaging in self-medication practice

From: Prevalence, knowledge and perception of self-medication practice among undergraduate healthcare students

aReasons for self-medication (n = 1103) Frequency Percentage (%)
Treatment of minor ailment 357 32.4
I have medical knowledge of what to use 248 22.5
I do not want to waste time at the clinic 122 11.1
I know what to use from old prescription 81 7.3
I cannot afford laboratory fees 66 6.0
I had left-over medication 61 5.5
The healthcare facility is far from my place of abode 54 4.9
The pain was severe 48 4.4
I cannot wait for laboratory results 37 3.4
I cannot afford consultation fees 29 2.5
  1. aMultiple response