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dc.contributor.authorDuyster, Tahlia
dc.contributor.authorMcMillan, Sara S
dc.contributor.authorWhately, Ella
dc.contributor.authorKelly, Fiona S
dc.date.accessioned2021-09-16T03:59:10Z
dc.date.available2021-09-16T03:59:10Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifier.issn2226-4787
dc.identifier.doi10.3390/pharmacy9010054
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/408061
dc.description.abstractAnalgesics are commonly used over-the-counter (OTC) medicines readily available for purchase, sometimes without advice of a health professional. However, analgesics can cause harm even when taken according to dosing recommendations. Young adults may be more vulnerable to harm if they perceive low risk with OTC analgesic use, or struggle to interpret dosing instructions. This study aimed to explore factors affecting how young adults use OTC analgesics and associated perceptions of safety. An online survey was distributed to school-leavers and university students (17 to 25 years), in South-East Queensland, Australia, in the period November-December 2019. Most of the 302 respondents (school-leavers n = 147, university students n = 155) did not use analgesics frequently. School-leavers deferred to parents for analgesic information, while university students preferred the internet. The majority of respondents appeared safety conscious and did not take outside indicated use or instructions. However, a small proportion reported taking analgesics for an inappropriate indication. The difference in preferred source of analgesic information may reflect experience with analgesic use, increasing autonomy or decreased parental influence. Whilst it is encouraging that the majority of young adults appeared safety conscious, greater insight is needed into factors influencing decision making on OTC use, e.g., medicines knowledge, and changes with increasing age.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherMDPI
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom54
dc.relation.ispartofissue1
dc.relation.ispartofjournalPharmacy
dc.relation.ispartofvolume9
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode3214
dc.subject.keywordsScience & Technology
dc.subject.keywordsLife Sciences & Biomedicine
dc.subject.keywordsPharmacology & Pharmacy
dc.subject.keywordsanalgesics
dc.subject.keywordsattitudes
dc.titleWhat Do Young Adults Think about the Safety of Over-the-Counter Analgesics? Findings from a Cross-Sectional Survey
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dcterms.bibliographicCitationDuyster, T; McMillan, SS; Whately, E; Kelly, FS, What Do Young Adults Think about the Safety of Over-the-Counter Analgesics? Findings from a Cross-Sectional Survey, Pharmacy, 2021, 9 (1), pp. 54
dcterms.dateAccepted2021-02-09
dcterms.licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.date.updated2021-09-16T03:54:05Z
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gro.rights.copyright© 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by/ 4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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gro.griffith.authorMcMillan, Sara S.
gro.griffith.authorKelly, Fiona S.
gro.griffith.authorWhately, Ella J.


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