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dc.contributor.authorBrekke, Mette
dc.contributor.authorHunskaar, Steinar
dc.contributor.authorStraand, Jørund
dc.date.accessioned2015-10-09T02:13:39Z
dc.date.available2015-10-09T02:13:39Z
dc.date.issued2006
dc.identifier.citationBMC Public Health. 2006 May 03;6(1):121
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10852/46801
dc.description.abstractBackground To examine the level and patterns of self-reported medication use (prescription and non-prescription drugs) among 70–74 year old individuals living in the community, and to explore self-reported indications for use, and factors possibly predictive of drug use. Methods A health survey carried out in 1997–99 in the county of Hordaland (Western Norway) in the setting of a population study. A self-administered questionnaire was mailed to 4338 persons born in 1925–27, and a health check-up was offered. Drug use the previous day was reported (point prevalence). 3341 (77.0%) persons who responded, comprise the material for the analyses. Results Between one third (males) and one quarter (females) did not take any drug the previous day. Mean number of drugs among users was 2.8 (men and women). 32% used three or more drugs and 11.5% five or more. Hypertension and other cardiovascular problems were by far the most common reasons for drug use, followed by respiratory, musculoskeletal and mental health problems. Self-reported poor health, a high Body Mass Index (BMI), and being an ex-smoker (but not currently a smoker) correlated with increasing number of drugs taken. Conclusion Among 70–74-year old individuals living in the community no use of medication was more common than major polypharmacy (5+ drugs). Persons who had fallen ill and were put on regular medication, probably tended to quit smoking, while those who remained healthy, continued to smoke.
dc.language.isoeng
dc.rightsBrekke et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
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dc.titleSelf-reported drug utilization, health, and lifestyle factors among 70–74 year old community dwelling individuals in Western Norway. The Hordaland Health Study (HUSK)
dc.typeJournal article
dc.date.updated2015-10-09T02:13:39Z
dc.creator.authorBrekke, Mette
dc.creator.authorHunskaar, Steinar
dc.creator.authorStraand, Jørund
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-6-121
dc.identifier.urnURN:NBN:no-50980
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dc.identifier.fulltextFulltext https://www.duo.uio.no/bitstream/handle/10852/46801/1/12889_2005_Article_418.pdf
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