Factors associated with refraining from buying prescribed medications among older people in Europe

Mindaugas Stankunas, Joaquim F J Soares, Eija Viitasara, Maria Gabriella Melchiorre, Örjan Sundin, Francisco Torres-Gonzales, Aurima Stankuniene, Mark Avery, Elisabeth Ioannidi-Kapolou, Henrique Barros, Jutta Lindert

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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 found that refraining from buying prescription medications is a problem among older people and identified a number of factors associated with this.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E25-E30
JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
Volume33
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2014

Keywords

  • Aged
  • Aged 60 and over
  • Elder abuse
  • Medication adherence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Community and Home Care
  • Medicine(all)

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    Stankunas, M., Soares, J. F. J., Viitasara, E., Melchiorre, M. G., Sundin, Ö., Torres-Gonzales, F., Stankuniene, A., Avery, M., Ioannidi-Kapolou, E., Barros, H., & Lindert, J. (2014). Factors associated with refraining from buying prescribed medications among older people in Europe. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 33(4), E25-E30. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12075