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Causes of Refraining From Buying Prescribed Medications Among the Elderly in Kaunas, Lithuania

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Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Social Pharmacy, Medical Academy, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Lithuania
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Department of Health Management, Medical Academy, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Lithuania
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Department of Public Health Science, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm
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Department of Health Sciences, Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall, Sweden
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Department of Sociology, National School of Public Health, Greece
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Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology, University of Porto, Portugal
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Scientific Technological Area, Socio-economic Research Center, Italian National Institute of Health and Science on Aging (INRCA), Ancona, Italy
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Department of Public Health Science, Protestant University of Applied Sciences Ludwigsburg, Germany
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CIBERSAM, University of Granada, Granada, Spain
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Medicina 2011, 47(5), 41; https://doi.org/10.3390/medicina47050041
Received: 23 April 2011 / Accepted: 26 May 2011 / Published: 31 May 2011
Background and Objective. Accessibility to medications among the elderly is a source of concern in Lithuania and beyond. However, there are no studies carried out on this topic in Lithuania. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate the causes of refraining from buying prescribed medications among the elderly in Kaunas, Lithuania.
Material and Methods
. The data were collected in a cross-sectional ABUEL study in 2009. A total of 624 filled-in questionnaires (response rate, 48.9%) from the elderly aged 60–84 years living in Kaunas (Lithuania) were received. For evaluation of the impact of explanatory variables on the analyzed event (binary dependent variable), an Enter model of logistic regression was used.
Results. The study showed that 32.7% of the respondents refrained from buying prescribed medications. The most common reasons (respondents could select several options) for this decision were financial problems (48.0%), disappearance of problems (40.7%), and fear of side effects (22.5%). Refraining from buying prescribed medications was positively associated with age (OR, 0.85; 95% CI, 0.74 to 0.99). Higher education was associated with a reduced risk of refraining from buying prescribed medications due to financial problems (OR, 0.49; 95% CI, 0.31 to 0.78) and an increased risk of refraining from buying medications due to the disappearance of health problems (OR, 1.75; 95% CI, 1.15 to 2.68). An opposite association with worries about daily expenses was observed.
Conclusions
. Study has revealed that one-third of the elderly refrained from buying prescribed medica
Keywords: elderly; drug use; accessibility; Lithuania elderly; drug use; accessibility; Lithuania
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Stankūnienė, A.; Radžiūnas, R.; Stankūnas, M.; Soares, J.F.J.; Baranauskas, A.; Ioannidi-Kapolou, E.; Barros, H.; Lamura, G.; Lindert, J.; Torres-Gonzales, F. Causes of Refraining From Buying Prescribed Medications Among the Elderly in Kaunas, Lithuania. Medicina 2011, 47, 41.

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