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Use of medications amongst older persons in Kaunas, Lithuania
Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Social Pharmacy, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, A. Mickeviciaus 9, Kaunas, LT-44307, Lithuania .
Department of Health Management, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, A. Mickeviciaus 9, Kaunas, LT-44307, Lithuania .
School of Medicine, Griffith University, Gold Coast, 4222, Australia .
Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Social Pharmacy, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, A. Mickeviciaus 9, Kaunas, LT-44307, Lithuania .
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2013 (English)In: Open Medicine, ISSN 1911-2092, Vol. 8, no 6, p. 855-860Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Aim: To evaluate the associations between socio-economical factors and the use of medications in the elderly. Methods: The data was collected in a cross-sectional study in 2009. We received 624 completed questionnaires (response rate - 48.9%) from elderly people aged 60-84 years living in Kaunas (Lithuania). For an evaluation of the impact of explanatory variables on the analyzed events (binary dependent variable), an Enter model of logistic regression was used. Results: Our findings suggest that 50.8% (n=317) of respondents used at least one drug daily. 18.3% (n=114) of respondents indicated that they use medications regularly, but not on a day-by-day basis. One quarter (25.6%; n=160) used medication only on an "at need" basis. Only 5.3% (n=33) of older persons did not use any medications at all. Logistic regression showed that being male (OR=0.67; 95%CI:0.45-0.98) was associated with using medications "regularly + daily." For the use of "daily" medications, older age (OR=1.33; 95%CI:1.15-1.53) was associated with using medications daily. An opposite association was observed for respondents having no paid work (OR=0.48; 95%CI:0.26-0.82). Conclusions: Our study suggests that more than half of older persons in Lithuania use medications every day. Use was associated with socioeconomic factors (gender, age, and employment status).

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2013. Vol. 8, no 6, p. 855-860
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ABUEL, Lithuania, Medication use, Older persons
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-19690DOI: 10.2478/s11536-013-0237-7ISI: 000328203200026Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84886991194OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-19690DiVA, id: diva2:639082
Available from: 2013-08-06 Created: 2013-08-06 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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