Self-prescription practices by Nigerian medical doctors

Published in: South African Family Practice
Volume 56, issue 5, 2014 , pages: 253–257
DOI: 10.1080/20786190.2014.980155
Author(s): Joseph FadareDepartment of Pharmacology, Nigeria, Olufemi DesaluDepartment of Medicine, Nigeria


Background: Self-prescription by physicians is a form of self-care that has generated considerable controversy in recent years. The prevalence of self-prescription practices by physicians has been widely studied in North America, Europe and Asia. Few studies on physician self-prescribing and prescribing for family members have been carried out in Nigeria. The primary aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of self-prescription by medical doctors in Nigeria.

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