Survey of medication knowledge and behaviors among college students in Taiwan

Fei Yuan Hsiao, Jen Ai Lee, Weng Foung Huang, Shih Ming Chen, Hsiang Yin Chen

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Objectives. To survey the knowledge, attitudes, and practices towards safe medication use of first-year college students in Taiwan. Methods. One hundred forty-seven departments in 27 universities were sampled by stratified randomization. Three sections of the questionnaire were developed, including 10 true/false questions to measure knowledge, 4 questions for attitude in a 5-point scale, and 10 questions for practice in a 5-point scale. Results. A total of 6270 subjects completed the survey instrument for a valid response rate of 91.9%. Students who were health science majors had safer medication practices than non-health science majors. However, students in both groups had low scores on appropriate antibiotics use, with a correctness rate of 45.8%. Knowledge relating to antacid use had the lowest number of correct responses among the 10 items included in the survey. Overall, the students showed positive attitudes toward (12.6 ± 2.2) and trusted (3.6 ± 0.7) pharmacists' consultation. Conclusions. College students lack appropriate knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to the safe use of medications, and efforts are warranted in Taiwan.

Original languageEnglish
Article number30
JournalAmerican Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • Attitude
  • Knowledge
  • Medication safety
  • Pharmacist
  • Practice
  • Students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics
  • Pharmacy


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