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Determination of Factors Effecting Prescribed Medicine Lending Behavior of Individuals

  • At: PPR SIG 2021 (2021)
  • Type: Digital
  • By: ARSLAN, Miray (Van Yüzüncü Yıl University, Faculty of Pharmacy, Turkey)
  • Co-author(s): Miray Arslan (BPharm, PhD) Havva Başak (Senior student)
  • Abstract:

    Introduction

    Medicine sharing behavior, which is closely related to many important issues related to drug treatment, such as rational drug use, drug and patient safety, and drug abuse, is a behavior that can negatively affect the health of individuals. Medicine sharing can be evaluated in two parts: borrowing medicine from someone else and lending medicine to someone else.

    Objectives

    The study aims to determine individuals\’ prescribed medicine lending behavior for medical purposes and the sub-factors affecting this behavior.

    Methods

    An online survey was conducted on individuals who lent at least one prescribed medicine before (n=134). The survey is including a measurement tool consisting of 39 items prepared with a 5-point Likert Scale, adapted from relevant literature according to the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB). Exploratory factor analysis (EFA) was conducted via IBM SPSS Statistics version 22.0.

    Results

    As a result of the EFA, a 5-factors structure was determined parallel to TPB, which explained 79.257% of the total variance. The Cronbach’s alpha values of the factors were between 0.880 and 0.965, which indicates that the reliability of the measurement tool is high. Furthermore, the average responses given to the expressions in the factors obtained are around 2.5.

    Conclusion

    To the best of the authors’ knowledge, it is the first study investigating this issue in Turkey. It is seen that the participants do not have a very positive attitude to lending medicines to someone else and lending prescribed medicines is not a common practice. The findings will shed light on modeling medicine lending behavior which will help healthcare professionals prevent the public health harms of this behavior.

Last update 4 October 2019

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