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Type: Journal article
Title: Do trial-and-error practices and the use of the internet influence how medicines are used?
Author: Price, K.
Taylor, A.
DalGrande, E.
Kralik, D.
Citation: Australian Journal of Primary Health, 2013; 20(3):228-235
Publisher: Australian Journal Primary Health, Australian Institute Primary Care & School Public Health
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 1448-7527
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Kay Price, Anne W. Taylor, Eleonora Dal Grande and Debbie Kralik
Abstract: The aim of this research was to identify if people understood and used a practice termed ‘trial and error’ and the association of this practice to: (1) taking medicines as prescribed; and (2) use of the internet to assist their self-care decision-making. A national Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI) was conducted in 2011 of a random sample of 3003 adults aged 18 years and over. Multivariable modelling, in stages, was undertaken adjusting for a range of demographics and associated health variables. There is a very strong relationship between the use of trial-and-error practices and not taking prescription medicines as prescribed. In addition, adults who state that they use trial-and-error practices to assist their health-related decision-making are more likely to have used the internet for information and then as a result, adjusted medicines or treatment. Any health care initiative directed at ensuring people take medicines as prescribed cannot dismiss the use of trial-and-error practices derived from information found on the internet.
Keywords: Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing; internet; self-care decision-making; taking medicines; trial-and-error practices
Rights: Copyright status unknown
RMID: 0020135922
DOI: 10.1071/PY13007
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