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Medication usage among young adult women: A comparison between Sweden, the USA, and Greece
Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS), Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minnesota.
Department of Primary Health Care, Göteborg University, Gothenburg.
Faculty of Health and Welfare Professions, Athens Technological Educational Institute, Athens.
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2008 (English)In: Nursing and Health Sciences, ISSN 1441-0745, E-ISSN 1442-2018, Vol. 10, no 1, p. 4-10Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This study evaluated whether or not medication usage among young adult women differed across three countries. An additional aim was to evaluate the association between medication use and sociodemographic factors and exercise habits. A sample of 1098 young adult women were selected in Sweden, the USA, and Greece. Consistent medication usage by young adult women in the three countries related to oral contraceptives and vitamins; nevertheless, there were differences. The main differences were found in the use of laxatives, iron supplements, analgesics, antidepressants, and antacid medication. The most outstanding differences were the frequent use of laxatives in Sweden and vitamins in the USA. Different association patterns were found between medication use and culture, sociodemographic factors, and exercise. The assessment of medication use among young adult women can be performed very easily and provides an immediate indication of their well-being and needs for preventative care.

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Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2008. Vol. 10, no 1, p. 4-10
Keywords [en]
population, adolescent, adult, antacids, antidepressive agents, contraceptives, oral, cross-sectional studies, demography, drug prescriptions, female, Greece, humans, laxatives, Minnesota, socioeconomic factors, Sweden, United States, cross-national, exercise, medication usage, sociodemographic factors, young adult women
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-1490DOI: 10.1111/j.1442-2018.2007.00319.xISI: 000253935600002PubMedID: 18257825Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-38949145675Local ID: 2082/1870OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-1490DiVA, id: diva2:238708
Available from: 2008-06-05 Created: 2008-06-05 Last updated: 2018-03-23Bibliographically approved

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