Does Sustainable Consumption Matter? The Influence of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Medication Use in Brasov, Romania
- Are there significant differences between young people and adults in medication-taking behavior during the pandemic?
- Are there significant differences between women and men in medication use behavior during the pandemic?
- Are there significant differences between rural and urban people in terms of medication use behavior during the pandemic?
- Are there differences between young people and adults when it comes to diagnosing and treating various health conditions?
2. Materials and Methods
2.1. Data Collection and Participants
2.2. The Research Instruments
2.3. Data Analysis
3.1. Qualitative Analysis
3.1.1. The Increased Use of Over-the-Counter Medicines in Recent Times: Whether It Is Justified or Unjustified
3.1.2. The Most Common Medicines Purchased and Taken without a Doctor’s Prescription
3.1.3. Increased Consumption of Medicines during the COVID-19 Pandemic
3.1.4. The Reason for the Increase in Medication Use during the COVID-19 Pandemic
3.1.5. Increased Consumption of Medicines during the Cold Season and the Link to the COVID-19 Pandemic
3.1.6. Main Sources of Information on the Use of Medicines
3.1.7. Patient Administration of Old Antibiotics and Associated Effects
3.2. Quantitative Analysis
Informed Consent Statement
Conflicts of Interest
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|1. General medication consumption|
|t-value, p-value||−3.87; 0.00 *||5.45; 0.00 *||1.92; 0.05 *|
|2. Frequency of medication use|
|t-value, p-value||−0.52; 0.60||4.31; 0.00 *||0.46; 0.65|
|3. During the pandemic, did you buy more medicines than usual?|
|t-value, p-value||1.48; 0.13||2.34; 0.01 *||0.91; 0.36|
|4. Consumption of more medicines and vitamins to prevent colds and flu during pandemic|
|t-value, p-value||2.67; 0.00 *||1.34; 0.18||0.61; 0.54|
|5. During the COVID period, were you worried about running out of stock?|
|t-value, p-value||1.37; 0.17||2.12; 0.03 *||−0.10; 0.91|
|6. Has the pandemic prompted you to stock up on medicines?|
|t-value, p-value||0.11; 0.90||2.00; 0.04 *||0.96; 0.33|
|7. Medication consumption in the pandemic|
|t-value, p-value||1.63; 0.10||1.01; 0.30||−1.35; 0.17|
|8. Avoiding medical consultation|
|t-value, p-value||−3.06; 0.00 *||1.98; 0.04 *||2.41; 0.01 *|
|9. In the context of COVID19 increasing willingness to avoid medical visits|
|t-value, p-value||−0.37; 0.71||2.93; 0.00 *||2.23; 0.02 *|
|10. The usefulness of natural medicines in immunizing against COVID-19|
|t-value, p-value||0.43; 0.43||−2.53; 0.01 *||−0.48; 0.63|
|11. It is necessary to administer the medicines at the first signs of a health condition.|
|t-value, p-value||1.62; 0.10||−2.00; 0.04 *||−1.57; 0.11|
|12. The need to administer medication when the patient shows serious health symptoms|
|t-value, p-value||−1.97; 0.04 *||−1.28; 0.19||1.53; 0.12|
|13. Non-administration of medicines because they are not beneficial to the body|
|t-value, p-value||2.82; 0.00 *||1.15; 0.24||0.70; 0.47|
|14. Administration of medicines according to sources and advice found on the internet.|
|t-value, p-value||2.32; 0.02 *||2.78; 0.07||−0.51; 0.60|
|15. Medicines should only be prescribed by specialists|
|t-value, p-value||−2.59; 0.01 *||0.07; 0.93||0.99; 0.32|
|16. It is sufficient for medicines to be recommended by a pharmacist|
|t-value, p-value||2.42; 0.01 *||0.48; 0.62||−1.16; 0.24|
|17. It is sufficient for medicines to be administered according to one’s own medical knowledge|
|t-value, p-value||3.39; 0.00 *||3.00; 0.00 *||−2.26; 0.02 *|
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Coman, E.; Coman, C.; Repanovici, A.; Baritz, M.; Kovacs, A.; Tomozeiu, A.M.; Barbu, S.; Toderici, O. Does Sustainable Consumption Matter? The Influence of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Medication Use in Brasov, Romania. Sustainability 2022, 14, 8017. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14138017
Coman E, Coman C, Repanovici A, Baritz M, Kovacs A, Tomozeiu AM, Barbu S, Toderici O. Does Sustainable Consumption Matter? The Influence of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Medication Use in Brasov, Romania. Sustainability. 2022; 14(13):8017. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14138017Chicago/Turabian Style
Coman, Ecaterina, Claudiu Coman, Angela Repanovici, Mihaela Baritz, Attila Kovacs, Ana Maria Tomozeiu, Silviu Barbu, and Ovidiu Toderici. 2022. "Does Sustainable Consumption Matter? The Influence of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Medication Use in Brasov, Romania" Sustainability 14, no. 13: 8017. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14138017