Q. 17 - Medications are taken based on which sources of information?

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Healthcare systems vary across all countries.


Where does a patient turn to obtain the medication? But also, and often not the same,

where does a patient turn to obtain information on a proposed medication?

On its indications, side effects, and contraindications? 

And parenthetically, how many of these sources have passed an exam in Medical Pharmacology?


These are medications that the respondent plans to actually take.


For this sample of respondents, an MD instructs what to take for a specific problem, almost 70% of the time. Logical if a presecription is required by law to obtain a certain medication. Seeking a medication leadds to contact with a physician, and hopefully, adequate information based in sound pharmacology and safety profiles.


28%, will study their medical need to identify a wise choice to be taken.

22%, will take a medication based on someone else with perhaps the same symptoms, who took a medication and now recommends it online for example. 


Both of these assume that a knowledge of pharmacologic principles and are somehow included, or have perhaps little or no importance. Increasingly, if one uses this sources of information to base a request for a presecription, the prescription will be obtained.



Overall, this response suggests that either respondents still have confidence in the provider's training, and seeks it out. Another possibility, that to obtain what one has decided one needs, one must still have at least limited contact in some form, with the person who holds the prescription pad.


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