alexa Socioeconomic disadvantage and primary non-adherence with medication in Sweden.
Infectious Diseases

Infectious Diseases

Epidemiology: Open Access

Author(s): Wamala S, Merlo J, Bostrom G, Hogstedt C, Agren G

Abstract Share this page

Abstract OBJECTIVE: Lack of adherence with pharmacological therapy is a public health concern that compels tremendous costs for the health care system and the community. To analyse the association between socioeconomic disadvantage and primary non-adherence with medication, and to explore possible mediating effects of trust in health care and lifestyle profile. DESIGN: Cross-sectional population-based study based on data from the Swedish national public health surveys 2004-2005. PARTICIPANTS: The study comprised 13603 men and 18292 women aged 21-84 years who had any contact with a physician at a hospital or primary care centre. Measures Primary non-adherence with medication based on whether respondents reported that they refrained from purchasing at the pharmacy prescribed medication. Socioeconomic Disadvantage Index was based on four different indicators of economic deprivation. RESULTS: Socioeconomic disadvantage was associated with primary non-adherence with medication independent of long-term illness, risky lifestyle, low education, living alone and low trust for health care. This association increased with older age, particularly among women. Among individuals aged 21-34 years, severe compared with no socioeconomic disadvantage, was associated with two-fold increased odds for non-adherence with medication. The corresponding odds among individuals aged 65-84 years were three-fold increase among elderly men (OR=3.3, 95\% CI: 1.4-7.8) and six-fold increase among elderly women (OR=6.2, 95\% CI: 2.5-15.3). Yet every seventh elderly woman aged 65-84 years suffered from long-term illness. CONCLUSIONS: Results indicate that health policies for 'care on equal terms' in Sweden have been less successful in relation to equitable access to prescribed medication, especially among the elderly. This article was published in Int J Qual Health Care and referenced in Epidemiology: Open Access

Relevant Expert PPTs

Relevant Speaker PPTs

Recommended Conferences

Relevant Topics

Peer Reviewed Journals
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700 + peer reviewed, Open Access Journals
International Conferences 2017-18
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Annual Meetings

Contact Us

© 2008-2017 OMICS International - Open Access Publisher. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Above IE 7.0 version