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Pourquoi les internes en médecine de France métropolitaine pratiquent l'automédication et l'autoprescription ?‎ Étude qualitative

Abstract : Self-medication is a common practice in France which has been growing steadily over the years. In fact, lots of medical interns self-medicate. This practice, even though legal, is not always the reasonable and appropriate course of action. Thus, we aimed to understand the reasons that push medical interns to self-medicate. We conducted a qualitative study using semi-structured interviews with a sample of 15 interns leaving in Metropolitan France. Following a full transcription of the interviews, the researchers used a consensus approach to identify major themes from the data. Although the first reasons for self-medication mentioned by interns are usually of practical order (e.g., lack of time to go see a doctor, ease of access to medications and prescriptions, simplicity of diagnostic), our study also revealed more subjective reasoning. As a matter of fact, the interns expressed some concerns (e.g., judgment from a peer, lack of confidentiality) as well as feelings of invulnerability and almightiness, all promoting their use of self-medication. Our work suggests that it seems easier for a medical intern to self-medicate than to go see a doctor. In fact, accepting the status of being a patient might cause the interns to lose their social identity. Self-medication for interns is not only a way to easily access medications. This practice also prevents interns from directly facing the illness.
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Amélie Prud'Homme, Anne Richard. Pourquoi les internes en médecine de France métropolitaine pratiquent l'automédication et l'autoprescription ?‎ Étude qualitative. Médecine humaine et pathologie. 2013. ⟨dumas-00859879⟩

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