[The knowledge and attitude of consumers in relation to the use of NSAIDs. An intervention study]

Aten Primaria. 1997 Jul-Aug;20(3):114, 116-20.
[Article in Spanish]


Objectives: To evaluate knowledge in the general population about the rational use of non-steroidal analgesic-antithermal-anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and whether an informative intervention could improve their knowledge.

Design: An intervention study with a control group. The subjects were polled before and after intervention, which consisted in the passive distribution of informative leaflets on NSAIDs to the experimental group. The replies of the subjects of both groups were compared.

Setting: "Cerro del Aguila" (experimental group) and "Polígono Norte" (control) health districts in Sevilla.

Participants: 348 inhabitants (174 from each district), selected for age and sex in line with the proportions on the Municipal Roll, with people under 15 excluded.

Measurements and main results: About 30% did not spontaneously remember any NSAID. Almost 90% did not spontaneously remember any medical reaction. Self-medication and/or consumption on the advice of non-qualified people were as common as medical prescription.

Conclusions: Passive distribution of leaflets was useless as a way of improving users' knowledge of NSAIDs. The intervention needs to be actively carried out by the doctor, with consistency over time and back-up from other health educationalists.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal / therapeutic use*
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Drug Information Services / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Random Allocation
  • Spain
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Urban Population / statistics & numerical data


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal