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Does unemployment contribute to an increased medicine use among Swedish adults?
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Global Health.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Background: Previous studies have shown that unemployment leads to negative effects on different aspects of health. However not many studies have been done on whether there is increased medicine use during unemployment. My aim therefore was to look at how unemployment might lead to increased usage of medicine and then afterwards look at different population subgroups such as age and gender.

Methods: Primary data was utilized from a previous study done in Sweden and specific responses were taken from it such as age, gender, employment status, previous health of the past 5 years, usage of chronic disease medicines, usage of acute disease medicines. This data was analysed through logistic regression, odds ratio and confidence intervals were assessed.

Results: There was a statistically non-significant relation between unemployment and medicine use (for both chronic and acute disease medicines). Grouped data overall also showed the same results for both gender and age indicating non-significance between the two variables apart from the (24-37 years) age group in which there was 66% less odds of using acute meds.

Conclusions: My study shows that there is no increased usage of medicines during unemployment apart from asthma medicine users in which there is 56% less chances of using medicine if unemployed. From this study I tried to analyse if unemployment places an increased stress on the individuals and health sector in particular. My study also opens the way for further research to be done in this particular area as looking into increased medicine use would be beneficial for the health sector and labour sector from a financial point of view considering the increased stress it would put on it.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 18
Series
Centre for Public Health Report Series, ISSN 1651-341X ; 2019:18
Keywords [en]
Medicine use, Sweden, unemployment
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-165909OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-165909DiVA, id: diva2:1375438
Educational program
Master's Programme in Public Health
Presentation
2019-05-22, Room A312, Caring Sciences Building, Umeå University, Umeå, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2019-12-05 Created: 2019-12-05 Last updated: 2019-12-10Bibliographically approved

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