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Consumer knowledge about over-the-counter NSAIDs: they don't know what they don't know

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Objective: To investigate consumers’ knowledge about commonly purchased over-the-counter

    (OTC) products containing ibuprofen.

    Methods: Customers buying two popular OTC ibuprofen-containing products (Nurofen or

    Nurofen Plus) were asked to complete a short survey assessing their knowledge about the

    products.

    Results: The survey was completed by 262 respondents, most of whom were older than 50 years

    of age; female; well-educated; with adequate functional health literacy. The majority correctly

    identified ibuprofen as an active ingredient and knew the correct intervals between doses.

    However, almost a third couldn’t correctly identify the maximum daily dose and were unaware

    of some contraindications. Furthermore, fewer than half recognised potential side effects. Those

    who hadn’t completed high school were significantly less likely to seek medical advice (when

    required) and significantly less likely to know when it was safe to take these products.

    Conclusions: The gaps in consumer knowledge, especially about the maximum daily dose,

    contraindications and potential side effects may be placing consumers at risk of experiencing

    ibuprofen-related adverse events.

    Implications for Public Health: Improving consumer knowledge to address these gaps in

    their understanding about the safe use of popular OTC ibuprofen-containing products is an

    important public health concern.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Mullan, J., Weston, K. M., Bonney, A., Burns, P., Mullan, J. & Rudd, R. (2017). Consumer knowledge about over-the-counter NSAIDs: they don't know what they don't know. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 41 (2), 210-214.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84996605623

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/4167

Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 210

End Page


  • 214

Volume


  • 41

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • Objective: To investigate consumers’ knowledge about commonly purchased over-the-counter

    (OTC) products containing ibuprofen.

    Methods: Customers buying two popular OTC ibuprofen-containing products (Nurofen or

    Nurofen Plus) were asked to complete a short survey assessing their knowledge about the

    products.

    Results: The survey was completed by 262 respondents, most of whom were older than 50 years

    of age; female; well-educated; with adequate functional health literacy. The majority correctly

    identified ibuprofen as an active ingredient and knew the correct intervals between doses.

    However, almost a third couldn’t correctly identify the maximum daily dose and were unaware

    of some contraindications. Furthermore, fewer than half recognised potential side effects. Those

    who hadn’t completed high school were significantly less likely to seek medical advice (when

    required) and significantly less likely to know when it was safe to take these products.

    Conclusions: The gaps in consumer knowledge, especially about the maximum daily dose,

    contraindications and potential side effects may be placing consumers at risk of experiencing

    ibuprofen-related adverse events.

    Implications for Public Health: Improving consumer knowledge to address these gaps in

    their understanding about the safe use of popular OTC ibuprofen-containing products is an

    important public health concern.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Mullan, J., Weston, K. M., Bonney, A., Burns, P., Mullan, J. & Rudd, R. (2017). Consumer knowledge about over-the-counter NSAIDs: they don't know what they don't know. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 41 (2), 210-214.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84996605623

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/4167

Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 210

End Page


  • 214

Volume


  • 41

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • Australia