Factors associated with self-medication among medicine sellers in urban Vietnam
Article first published online: 3 DEC 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
The International Journal of Health Planning and Management
Volume 30, Issue 3, pages 219–231, July/September 2015
How to Cite
2015) Factors associated with self-medication among medicine sellers in urban Vietnam. Int J Health Plann Mgmt, 30: 219–231. doi: 10.1002/hpm.2223., and (
- Issue published online: 28 JUL 2015
- Article first published online: 3 DEC 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 2 OCT 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 27 SEP 2013
- Manuscript Received: 12 SEP 2013
- medicine sellers;
- Hanoi, Vietnam
In Vietnam, many medicine sellers serving pharmacies and retail outlets do not have adequate professional qualifications, and there has been a limited institutional control. The objective of this cross-sectional study was to examine the prevalence and determinants of self-medication among medicine sellers in Hanoi, Vietnam. Although 96.55% of medicine sellers had relatively serious health problems, only 61.21% visited a healthcare facility, though self-medication was moderately high (approximately 39%). Adopting Andersen's conceptual model, it was identified that medicine sellers who reported higher professional education, had low confidence in healthcare services, had not received any professional in-service during the prior year, had less serious health problems and who perceived the current costs of healthcare as too high were more likely to report self-medication. The findings have public health policy implications for these healthcare providers in urban Vietnam and other similar developing countries. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.