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Table 2 Univariate Analysis Risk factors associated with self-reported medication side effects

From: Self-reported medication side effects in an older cohort living independently in the community - the Melbourne Longitudinal Study on Healthy Ageing (MELSHA): cross-sectional analysis of prevalence and risk factors

  Entire population
(n = 1000)
On medication
(n = 761)
  OR 95% CI p OR 95% CI p
Recency doctor's visita 0.49 0.28 - 0.86 0.013 0.77 0.43 - 1.36 0.365
Doctor aware medicationb 3.11 2.44 - 3.96 < 0.0001 2.79 2.17 - 3.59 < 0.0001
Self reported health status c 2.00 1.46 - 2.75 < 0.0001 1.65 1.19 - 2.27 0.002
Hypertensiond 1.01 0.61 -1.67 0.971 0.63 0.37 - 1.05 0.075
Other heart problemsd , 1.89 1.10 - 3.24 0.021 1.48 0.85 - 2.55 0.163
Osteoporosisd 2.64 1.28 - 5.27 0.009 2.30 1.11 - 4.78 0.026
Emotional or psychiatric problemsd 2.80 1.49 - 5.27 0.001 2.51 1.30 - 4.86 0.001
Other arthritisd, f 3.92 1.97 - 7.79 < 0.0001 3.02 1.47 - 6.18 0.003
Intestinal problemd 2.27 1.33 - 3.86 0.002 1.91 1.11 - 3.30 0.020
Problems feet or legsd 4.28 2.51 - 7.31 < 0.0001 3.64 2.12 - 6.26 < 0.0001
Liver problemsd 5.83 1.78 - 19.11 0.004 6.45 1.84 - 22.63 0.004
Skin problemsd 1.97 1.04 - 3.74 0.037 1.90 0.99 - 3.64 0.053
  1. a One month or more vs less than a month
  2. b Yes vs No; Doctor's awareness related to usual doctor (General Practitioner)
  3. c Very good to excellent vs poor to fair
  4. d Yes vs No
  5. eOther heart problems including angina and heart failure
  6. f Other arthritis including rheumatoid and other specified types