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Prescription medication hoarding, borrowing and sharing among elderly Illawarra residents

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Abstract


  • Objective: To examine prescription medication hoarding and borrowing or sharing (PMHBS)

    behaviours in aged people, particularly which medications are subject to these behaviours and

    the circumstances that enable these behaviours.

    Method: A mixed methods triangulation design, using consecutive qualitative (focus groups)

    and quantitative (survey) methodologies in a convenience sample of people aged over 65,

    living independently in the Illawarra region (NSW).

    Results: Focus group participants (n=28) acknowledged PMHBS behaviours were

    widespread; however, very few survey respondents (n=226) admitted to engaging in these

    behaviours. Main findings in the study were enablers for these behaviours: the prescription

    medication is considered the same as that prescribed previously; and self medicating for pain

    relief.

    Conclusions: The prevalence of PMHBS behaviours in this study was low, although it was

    acknowledged such behaviours occurred in the wider community. Sharing strong pain

    medication and the same prescription medication appeared to be acceptable in this

    population.

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Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Mullan, J., Ellis, J., Worsley, A. & Yeo, W. (2010). Prescription medication hoarding, borrowing and sharing among elderly Illawarra residents. National Medicines Symposium 2010 (pp. 251-251). National Prescribing Service LTD.

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  • 251

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  • 251

Abstract


  • Objective: To examine prescription medication hoarding and borrowing or sharing (PMHBS)

    behaviours in aged people, particularly which medications are subject to these behaviours and

    the circumstances that enable these behaviours.

    Method: A mixed methods triangulation design, using consecutive qualitative (focus groups)

    and quantitative (survey) methodologies in a convenience sample of people aged over 65,

    living independently in the Illawarra region (NSW).

    Results: Focus group participants (n=28) acknowledged PMHBS behaviours were

    widespread; however, very few survey respondents (n=226) admitted to engaging in these

    behaviours. Main findings in the study were enablers for these behaviours: the prescription

    medication is considered the same as that prescribed previously; and self medicating for pain

    relief.

    Conclusions: The prevalence of PMHBS behaviours in this study was low, although it was

    acknowledged such behaviours occurred in the wider community. Sharing strong pain

    medication and the same prescription medication appeared to be acceptable in this

    population.

UOW Authors


Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Mullan, J., Ellis, J., Worsley, A. & Yeo, W. (2010). Prescription medication hoarding, borrowing and sharing among elderly Illawarra residents. National Medicines Symposium 2010 (pp. 251-251). National Prescribing Service LTD.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1027&context=medpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/medpapers/26

Start Page


  • 251

End Page


  • 251