Older adults' use of over-the-counter (OTC) medications is usually a self-initiated behavior that may have important health consequences.
A sample of 186 adults age 65 years and over was interviewed to describe their use of 16 OTC substances and their management of the most commonly used OTC medications.
Subjects reported using almost twice as many OTC as prescription medications.
A structured interview format elicited subjects' self-reports of decisions, judgments, and actions used to manage aspirins, laxatives, antacids, and vitamins.
Most reported using the specific OTC preparations often.
Health care providers were common but not exclusive sources of information about these products ; few subjects acknowledged being influence by advertisements.
Although subjects' reported dosages and scheduling of agents were judged appropriate by nurses, some overuse of laxatives was noted, together with some continuation of laxative and antacid administration for excessive lengths of time for persisting symptoms.
Mots-clés Pascal : Médicament, Automédication, Attitude, Comportement, Vieillard, Homme, Enquête, Entretien
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Drug, Self prescription, Attitude, Behavior, Elderly, Human, Inquiry, Interview
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 92-0171241
Code Inist : 002B02A. Création : 199406.