Usage of non-prescription medication by people with diabetes

Gattera, J. A., Stewart, K., Benrimoj, S. I. and Williams, G. M. (1992) Usage of non-prescription medication by people with diabetes. Journal of Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 9 2: 66-74.


Author Gattera, J. A.
Stewart, K.
Benrimoj, S. I.
Williams, G. M.
Title Usage of non-prescription medication by people with diabetes
Journal name Journal of Social and Administrative Pharmacy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0281-0662
Publication date 1992
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 9
Issue 2
Start page 66
End page 74
Total pages 9
Place of publication Stockholm Sweden
Publisher Swedish Pharmaceutical Press
Language eng
Subject 1115 Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Abstract A mail survey of 310 diabetic members of Diabetes Australia - Queensland (Response rate 84.8%) was conducted to determine non-prescription medication usage, to determine possible clinical risks involved in use and to identify potential predictors of non-prescription medication use. The average number of non-prescription medications used in the prior 14 days was 1.2 (SD = 1.6). There was a significant difference between type of diabetes and the number of non-prescription medications used in the prior 14 days. Approximately 59% of respondents had used at least one non-prescription medication. Approximately 41% used medication that was considered unsafe in light of a review of the literature. Significant predictors of non-prescription medication use were experience of minor health symptoms, age and level of education. For cost effective education about hazards of non-prescription medication use, the target group would be those under forty years of age with a higher education level. The implications of self-medication by diabetic patients require further research as the information in the current literature is conflicting and incomplete.
Keyword diabetes mellitus
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Public Health Publications
 
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