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Table 2 A description of the level of knowledge, the levels of attitude and various aspects of practices on paracetamol use among patients attending the outpatient department at the Phuentsholing General Hospital, May 2018

From: Rational use of paracetamol among out-patients in a Bhutanese district hospital bordering India: a cross-sectional study

Variables n (%)
Levels of knowledge
 Good knowledge (≥ 80%) 30 (6.8)
 Satisfactory knowledge (≥ 60 to < 80%) 203 (46.0)
 Poor knowledge (≥ 40 to < 60%) 173 (39.2)
 Very poor knowledge (0 to < 40%) 35 (8.0)
Levels of attitude
 Good attitude (≥ 60%) 182 (41.3)
 Poor attitude (< 60%) 259 (58.7)
Usage of non-toxic dosage 355 (80.5)
Adhere to dose prescribed by doctor 298 (67.6)
Adhere to frequency prescribed by doctor 348 (78.9)
Shared paracetamol with others 293 (66.4)
Storing paracetamol for future use 136 (30.8)
Situations in which paracetamol is used
 Fever 371 (84.1)
 Headache 400 (90.7)
 Body aches 221 (50.1)
 Joint aches 182 (41.3)
 Common cold 220 (49.9)
 Pain during menstruation 59 (23.0)
Prevalence of self-use of paracetamol 318 (72.1)
 Saves time by avoiding visit to hospital 218 (68.5)
 Paracetamol is easily available in shops 140 (44.0)
 Saves cost by avoiding visit to hospital 114 (35.8)
 I can afford to buy paracetamol 85 (26.7)
Source of information
 Doctor 308 (69.8)
 Pharmacist 151 (34.2)
 Nurse 131 (29.7)
 Media 112 (25.4)