contributes to the high mortality and morbidity observed for the common infectious conditions of diarrhea, cough, colds and fever. This study aims to identify such drug utilization patterns, describe the practices and home remedies employed, and the preferences of the urban-poor as regards medical consulatation for diarrhea, cough, colds and fever.In District 2 of Tandang Sora, Quezon City, 12 subdivisions, 7 of which classified as low-income and surrounded by slum areas, were studied. Chosen by random sampling, 600 respondents answered a prepared questionnaire. There were 63 female and 37 male, ranging from 15-74 years old. There were 0-13 (median=3) children and 0-6 (median=1) preschoolers per family. Discrepancy and confusion is observed in the assessment and classification of the severity of the disease conditions studied.Varied opinions are expressed as regards the timing and need for medical consultation. Lack of basic knowledge on the home remedies that can be employed is reflected in the answers obtained. Furthermore, some over-the-counter drugs that should ideally be used only upon the advice of a physician are rampantly being used. It appears that family and health center physicians play pivotal roles in information dissemination. The media especially television are the usual sources of knowledge regarding the health practices of this population.With the data and information obtained in this study, the pertinent components of an intensive educational campaign to improve primary health care among the urban-poor can be derived. (Author)
The major objective of this study is to identify and describe drug utilization patterns in an urban poor community in Metro Manila for diarrhea, cough, colds and fever.