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ASSESSING THE OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS IN PRIMARY CARE AND TRANSLATING THE THEORY OF PLANNED BEHAVIOUR INTO INTERVENTIONS

Objective

The inappropriate supply and consumption of non-prescribed medicines consists a public health problem of outmost importance for developed as well as for developing countries. The aims to develop new research methods and generate scientific basis to reduce the incidence of drug-related mishaps and maximize the potent effect of medicines in the provision of healthcare. The project utilizes a theory-specific approach to identify and understand primary care physicians’ and primary care patients’ behaviour towards prescription and consumption of medicines. Grounded on the theory of planned behaviour (TPB; Ajzen, 1991) seeks to identify predisposing behavioural factors that will enable the alteration of the problematic behaviour. This model also provides the basis for theory-guided interventions, tailored to address the behavioural components playing an influential role in the irrational prescription and consumption of medicines. In particular, the project’s objectives include the assessment of the extent of OTC misuse in countries of southern Europe, the identification of influential factors on primary care physicians and patients’ intentions towards irrational prescription and misuse of medicines as well as the design and implementation of certain pilot interventions with the potential to be translated into policy. Qualitative and quantitative research methods will be employed to assess predisposing factors of inappropriate prescription practices and medicine misuse in samples of primary care physicians and primary care patients. Pilot interventions will be also devised and applied. Southern European countries will benefit from the progress and the know-how of northern European countries invited to participate in the current proposal. Another benefit will be the formation of a network consisting of various disciplines that ensures evaluation, discussion and widespread dissemination of emerging knowledge throughout European primary health care settings.

Call for proposal

FP7-HEALTH-2007-B
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Coordinator

PANEPISTIMIO KRITIS
Address
University Campus Gallos
74100 Rethimno
Greece
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 238 350
Administrative Contact
Christos Lionis (Prof.)

Participants (11)

LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 124 430
Address
Campus Valla
581 83 Linkoping
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tomas Faresjö (Prof.)
UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 114 352
Address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Leendert Jan Slikkerveer (Prof.)
Cyprus Association of General / Family Medicine
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 57 165
Address

1684 Nicosia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Theodora Zachariadou (Dr.)
SOCIETE FRANCAISE DE MEDECINE GENERALE
France
EU contribution
€ 144 432
Address
Avenue De Verdun 141
92130 Issy Les Moulineaux
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Luc Martinez (Dr.)
Mediterranean Institute of Primary Care
Malta
EU contribution
€ 57 165
Address
Triq Ir Rand Bay Street 19
ATD1300 Attard
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jean Karl Soler (Prof.)
Turkiye Aile Hekimleri Uzmanlik Dernegi
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 38 904
Address
79. Sokak 4/5
Ankara
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Fusun Yaris (Prof.)
UNIVERZITA KARLOVA
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 76 220
Address
Ovocny Trh 560/5
116 36 Praha 1
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vlcek Jiri (Prof.)
ETHNIKI SCHOLI DIMOSIAS YGEIAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 24 580
Address
Leoforos Alexandras 196
11521 Athens
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
John Kyriopoulos (Prof.)
GREEK ASSOCIATION OF GENERAL PRACTITIONERS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 57 165
Address
N Kountouriotou 21
54625 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eirini Oikonomidou (Dr.)
WONCA TRUST
British Virgin Islands
EU contribution
€ 17 211
Address
Road Town Trustnet Chambers
169854 Tortola
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alfred Wee Tiong Loh (Dr.)
STICHTING WONCA EUROPE
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 17 211
Address
Mercatorlaan 1200
3528 Bl Utrecht
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Igor Svab (Prof.)