Determination of Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices on Medication Use and Safety among Saudi People: A Public- based Versus an Internet-based Survey

Irrational behaviours, along with inadequate knowledge and poor attitudes about medicine usage and safety, have a negative impact on public health. The study’s main goal was to determine public knowledge, attitudes, and practises regarding drug usage and safety, as well as predictors for the three categories evaluated (knowledge, attitudes, and practices). From June to October 2015, two cross-sectional surveys (public and internet-based) were undertaken. Adult Saudis living in Taif City, Saudi Arabia (> 18 years old) were included. It was decided to use the convenience sampling method. A systematic questionnaire was used to collect data. An investigation of multivariate logistic regression was carried out. Statistical significance was defined as a P-value of less than 0.05.


The data was analysed using SPSS. A total of 788 persons were recruited (386 for the public study and 402 for the internet study). In comparison to 234 (60.6 percent) of respondents recruited manually, 302 (75.1 percent) of respondents recruited electronically had acceptable knowledge of medication use (P = 0.001). Among public survey interviewees, more education was a predictor of satisfied knowledge [OR= 1.9; 95 percent CI (1.2-2.9); P = 0.003]. Age (> 30 years) and higher educational level were, nevertheless, significantly linked with adequate knowledge [OR= 0.6; 95 percent CI (0.4-1.0); P = 0.032] and [OR= 1.9; 95 percent CI (1.1-3.2); P = 0.015], respectively, among electronically answered individuals. Knowledge, attitudes, and practises were found to contain misconceptions about pharmaceutical use and safety. It is vital to provide public education that produces favourable outcomes.

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Abubaker Ibrahim Elbur

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA.

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