In this study, it was aimed to determine the rational drug use knowledge level of Syrians under temporary protection who applied to migrant health centers in Malatya province and related factors. A total of 983 Syrian patients under temporary protection in four Migrant Health Centers in Malatya were included in the study. Socio-demographic characteristics form and Rational Drug Use Scale were used as data collection tools. The mean duration of stay of the population included in the study in Turkey was 5.8±2 (1-12, median 6) years, and the mean duration of stay in Malatya was 5.2±2.1(1-10, median 6) years. According to the questionnaire on the Rational Drug Use Scale, the average score of the participants was approximately 6 points behind the cut-off value of 34 points. Only 23.1% of them were able to score 35 and above. While the scores of the patients did not differ according to gender, a weak correlation was found with age. In addition, it was determined that education level, year lived in Turkey, marital status and regular working life in Syria and living in a village or town were effective factors on rational drug use scores. According to the findings of this study, it was determined that the rational drug use knowledge level of the participants was low.
Keywords: Emigration, medicine, refugees, migrants, public health
Conflict of interests: The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest in the study.
Financial Disclosure: The authors declare that they have received no financial support for the study.
Ethical approval: Before starting the study, ethics committee approval was obtained from the Inonu University Clinical Research Ethics Committee (Decision No 2021/1960 and 20.04.2021), written pre-approval and permissions were obtained from the Immigrant Health Centers and Malatya Provincial Health Directorate (See Appendix).
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Baskiran DY, Pehlivan E, Cicek IB, Bayir B. Determination of rational drug use knowledge levels of adult Syrians under temporary protection applying to immigrant health centers in Malatya province and related factors Med Science. 2022;11(4):1409-14
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Corresponding Author: Deniz Yavuz Baskiran, Provincial Health Directorate Malatya, Türkiye