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Factors associated with refraining from buying prescribed medications among older people in Europe
School of Public Health, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5221-9504
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences.
Scientific Technological Area, Socio Economic Research Centre, Italian National Institute of Health and Science on Aging (INRCA), Ancona, Italy.
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2014 (English)In: Australasian Journal on Ageing, ISSN 1440-6381, E-ISSN 1741-6612, Vol. 33, no 4, p. 25-36Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aim

To evaluate the associations between refraining from buying prescribed medications and selected factors among older persons.

Methods

A total of 4467 people aged 60–84 years from seven European countries answered a questionnaire (response rate 45.2%). Refraining from buying prescribed medications was measured with the question: ‘Have you ever refrained from buying prescribed medication and care?’

Results

About 11.9% of older people refrained from buying prescribed medications. The multiple regression analysis showed that ages 60–64 (odds ratio (OR) = 2.08; 95% confidence interval (95%CI): 1.38–3.13) and 65–69 (OR = 1.73; 95%CI: 1.16–2.57) years, experience of financial strain (OR = 1.59; 95%CI: 1.27–2.01), as well as exposure to abuse (OR = 1.64; 95%CI: 1.31–2.06) when taking into account country of participant were independently associated with refraining from buying medications, while an opposite association was observed for being male (OR = 0.72; 95%CI: 0.58–0.91).

Conclusions

The study has revealed that refraining from buying prescription medications is a problem among older people and it has identified a number of factors associated with this.

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2014. Vol. 33, no 4, p. 25-36
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Aged, Aged 60 and over, Elder abuse, Medication adherence
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-18879DOI: 10.1111/ajag.12075ISI: 000345984000005PubMedID: 24521077Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84914100340OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-18879DiVA, id: diva2:619060
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Published online 2 Sep 2013

Available from: 2013-05-01 Created: 2013-05-01 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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