Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

[Medication Consumption Habits in the Elderly]

ERDŐSI Erika1, JOÓ Gabriella2, TULKÁN Ibolya1, SZŰCS Mónika3, BOROS Edit1,4

APRIL 30, 2021

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice - 2021;34(2)

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[The goal was to evaluate the medication consumption behavior of the elderly in Southern Hungary, define the influencing factors, mainly which are related to the patients and the level of their knowledge. Data were obtained by a questionnaire. 196 patient over 60 years of age were involved who either took at least 1 ordered or over the counter drug or any other nutraceutical regularly. Data were analysed by Microsoft Excel and R software. The evaluated population had 3,51 chronic diseases in average and had taken 4,15 drugs daily. The majority connected the intake of medication to the daily routine or used the pill case. The drug consumption behavior turned out to be mainly positive, it hasn’t shown significant correlation either with the sociodemographic parameters or polypharmacy or connection with the professionals and the source of information. Most of the elderly considered the chronic disease as a load, but had done everything for the sake of the successful treatment. Prevalency of chronic diseases and the relatively high number of daily drug intake compared to international data proves that the role of health professionals have a great impact on the development and maintenance of compliance.]

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  1. SZTE ETSZK Ápolási Tanszék
  2. SZTE ETSZK Alkalmazott Orvostudományi Szakcsoport
  3. SZTE ÁOK Orvosi Fizika és Orvosi Informatika Intézet
  4. SE Egészség­tudományi Doktori Iskola

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