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DARU Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences

, 20:78

First Online: 20 November 2012Received: 22 August 2012Accepted: 18 November 2012

Abstract

BackgroundThe use of medicines by elderly people is a growing area of concern in social pharmacy. A significant proportion of older people do not follow the recommendations from physicians and refrain from buying prescribed medications. The aim of this study is to evaluate associations between self-rated health, somatic complaints and refraining from buying prescribed medications by elderly people.

FindingsData was collected in a cross-sectional study in 2009. We received 624 completed questionnaires response rate – 48.9% from persons aged 60–84 years living in Kaunas Lithuania. Somatic complaints were measured with the 24 item version of the Giessen Complaint List GBB-24. Logistic regression Enter model was used for evaluation of the associations between refraining from buying medications and somatic complaints. These associations were measured using odds ratio OR and calculating the 95% confidence interval CI.

The mean scores in total for the GBB scale and sub-scales exhaustion, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular were lowest among respondents who did not refrain from buying prescribed medications means for GBB-24 scale: 21.04 vs. 24.82; p=0.001. Logistic regression suggests that somatic complaints were associated with a increased risk of refraining from buying prescribed medications OR=1.35, 95% CI=1.15-1.60.

ConclusionsSomatic complaints were significantly associated with the decision to refrain from buying prescribed medications.

KeywordsUse of medication Somatic complaints Self-rated health Elderly Accessibility Non-adherence Lithuania AbbreviationsCIConfidence interval

MMean

nNumber of cases

pSignificance level

χChi-square test

OROdds ratio

DvDependent variable

IvIndependent variable.

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Author: Aurima Stankuniene - Mindaugas Stankunas - Joaquim JF Soares - Mark Avery - M Gabriella Melchiorre - Francisco Torres-Gonz

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