Observatory of Self-Medication Behavior

Definition of the Observatory

Academic public resource whose purposes are description, explanation, research, divulgation, and intervention of self-medication behavior, on the basis of the latest available evidence.

Update: October 27, 2020.

Sponsor of the Observatory

This Observatory of Self-Medication Behavior (OSMB) is possible thanks to the support of the University of the Rosario (Bogota, Colombia) institution that offered Sabatic Year 2015 to its founder professor Andrés M. Pérez-Acosta from the Department of Psychology, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
 

Spanish version: https://www.urosario.edu.co/Observatorio-del-Comportamiento-de-Automedicacion/Inicio/

Contact us:

obser.automedicacion@urosario.edu.co

Self-Medication Behavior

  • Description
  • Explanation

Description of self-medication behavior

» Self-Medication in MeSH (PubMed, NLM)
» Self-Medication in Wikipedia
» “Automedicación” in Wikipedia
» Zoopharmacognosy (self-medication in animals) in Wikipedia
» Conceptual article: Ángela María Ruiz Sternberg y Andrés M. Pérez-Acosta, “Automedicación y términos relacionados: una reflexión conceptual”, in: Revista Ciencias de la Salud, Vol. 9, Is. 1, 2011, pp. 83-97.
1. Lechuga-Besné, M. A., Riveros-Rosas, A. y Sánchez-Sosa, J. J. (2009). Risk perception of the self-prescribed use of Over the Counter (OTC) cold/flu medications. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology, 9(1), 73-88.

2. Khalid Ayoob (University of Gloucestershire, UK): What are the factors effecting self-medication practices among university students?

3. Natalia Díaz-Caycedo, María Alejandra Payán Madriñán & Andrés M. Pérez-Acosta,“Aproximación psicológica al comportamiento de automedicación”, in: Revista Costarricense de Psicología, Vol. 33, No. 1, 2014, pp. 17-29.

Research

  • Divulgation
  • Interventions
  • Projects

Research on self-medication behavior

» “Self-Medication” in PubMed (U. S. National Library of Medicine, N. I.H.).
» “Self-Medication” in BVS (Biblioteca Virtual en Salud) de BIREME, Brasil.
» “Self-Medication” in DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals), Suecia.
» “Self-Medication” in SciELO Regional, Brasil
» “Self-Medication” in Dialnet, Universidad de la Rioja, España

Divulgation of Research on self-medication behavior

1. Press note: "¿Por qué los estudiantes de medicina se automedican?"(Why medicine's graduate students self-medicate?), magazine Semana (Bogota, Colombia), July 14th., 2015.
2. Press note: “Dos de cada 10 personas no van al médico y se automedican” (Two of each 10 people don’t visit doctor and self-medicate), El Tiempo (Bogota, Colombia), January 16, 2015.
3. Radial interview about self-medication in the program “Salud Global”  (Global Health) Nr. 120 of the Radio UNAD Virtual (Scientific Director: Melissa Ortiz), June 10, 2014.
4. Press note: “La automedicación puede resultar el peor remedio”, La Nueva (Bahía Blanca, Argentina), February 2, 2014.
5. Press note: “Depresiones pueden generar farmacodependencia” (Depressions may produce pharmacodependency), by Sharon Villalobos González, La Prensa Libre (San José, Costa Rica), section “Gente” (People), Friday November 15, 2013, p. 7.
“La automedicación puede resultar el peor remedio”, La Nueva (Bahía Blanca, Argentina), February 2, 2014.
7. Blog: “No se automedique, consulte a su médico”, (Don’t self-medicate, consult to your doctor), Miriam Velásquez Rodríguez (Matanzas, Cuba), April 3, 2013.

Projects of the Observatory


“Prueba de la hipótesis de posicionamiento cognitivo causal simple en usuarias de medicamentos ginecológicos” (Test of the cognitive causal positioning hypothesis in users of gynecological medicines), co-directed by Ángela Ruiz-Sternberg.
“Revisión de la literatura científica sobre zoofarmacognosia” (Review of scientific literatura about zoopharmacognosy), co-directed by Jorge Enrique Ávila Campos.
“Estado del arte de la investigación y la intervención sobre medicamentos de prescripción usados ilegalmente” (State of the art and intervention about illegally used prescription medicines), co-directed by William Alejandro Jiménez Jiménez.
“Balance de la hipótesis de automedicación acerca de las conductas adictivas” (Balance of the self-medication hypothesis of addictive behaviors), co-directed by Lucía Villota.

Publications

Publications of the Observatory
 

* Interview to professor Carlos Calderón Ospina in the note: “Latin America’s embrace of an unproven COVID treatment is hindering drug trials”, in: Nature News, 20 October 2020. Available in: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02958-2

*Gasco, Aline D. C.; Pérez-Acosta, Andrés M.; & Monticelli, Patrícia Ferreira. (2016). Ring-tailed coatis anointing with soap: a new variation of self-medication culture?. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 29. uclapsych_ijcp_30113. Retrieved from: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/1dq4s4p5.
 
* Natalia Díaz-Caycedo, María Alejandra Payán Madriñán & Andrés M. Pérez-Acosta, “Aproximación psicológica al comportamiento de automedicación”, in: Revista Costarricense de Psicología, Vol. 33, Is. 1, 2014, pp. 17-29.

* Andrés M. Pérez-Acosta & Ángela María Ruiz Sternberg: “Automedicación y términos relacionados: una reflexión conceptual” in: María Andrea Contreras Nieto (Ed.), Encuentro de Investigación Universidad del Rosario 21-23 de octubre de 2013. Bogotá: Editorial Universidad del Rosario, No. 4, 2014, pp. 368-369. ISSN: 2382-4069.

Radial interview about self-medication in the program “Salud Global” (Global Health) Nr. 120 of the Radio UNAD Virtual (Scientific Director: Melissa Ortiz), June 10, 2014.

* Press note: “Depresiones pueden generar farmacodependencia” (Depressions may produce pharmacodependency), by Sharon Villalobos González, La Prensa Libre (San José, Costa Rica), section “Gente” (People), Friday November 15, 2013, p. 7.

* Ángela María Ruiz Sternberg & Andrés M. Pérez-Acosta, “Automedicación y términos relacionados: una reflexión conceptual”, in: Revista Ciencias de la Salud, Vol. 9, Is. 1, 2011, pp. 83-97.

Collaborators

Universidad del Rosario’s Collaborators:


Juan Alberto Castillo Martínez 
Professor of Occupational Therapy Program

Sara Cadavid Espinha 
Professor of Psychology Program

Ángela Victoria Vera Márquez
Professor of Psychology Program

Lady Grey Javela Delgado
Professor of Psychology Program

Carlos J. Nieto 
Professor of Psychology Program

Ximena Palacios
Professor of Psychology Program

Ángela María Ruiz Sternberg
Professor of Medicine Program

Adriana del Pilar Urbina Bonilla
Professor of Medicine Program

Daniel Charris Farrera
Graduated of Psychology Program

 

Scientific Committee:


Franklin Soler Esparragoza 
Professor of Psychology
Director of Students Research

Carlos Alberto Calderón Ospina 
Professor of Medicine Program
Expert in Pharmacology and Pharmacovigilance

Andrés Manuel Pérez Acosta
Professor of Psychology Program
Director of the Observatory

School of Medicine and Health Sciences