Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and gastroprotection in primary health care users
Objective: The aim of this study is to assess the prevalence of gastroprotection and identify the main factors that influence the taking of protective drugs among the adult population, who are treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID).
Material and Methods: This study was cross-sectional, conducted by including a contingent of 800 users of primary health care services (n=369, 46% males and n=431, 54% females). Included in the study were individuals of both sexes aged 18+ who sought counselling or treatment during the three-month period. The data collection of this study was based on the completion of a structured questionnaire, which included questions related to the use of NSAID and the modalities for the description and application of these drugs, and simultaneous taking of gastroprotective drugs.
Results: The prevalence of the gastroprotective drugs use was higher among the elderly, individuals living in urban areas, those with higher education, those with daily use of NSAID, individuals receiving prescriptions from their own doctors, and those suffering side effects from the use of NSAID, as well as subjects that had a longer duration of NSAID use.
Conclusion: This paper demonstrates the need to improve the quality of primary health care service through informing and educating patients regarding the need to take gastro-protective drugs for those in high risk of adverse effects manifested by the use of NSAID.