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Lifestyle determinants of behavioural outcomes triggered by direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription medicines: a cross-sectional study

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dc.contributor.author Zadeh, Neda Khalil
dc.contributor.author Robertson, Kirsten
dc.contributor.author Green, James A.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-03-11T11:45:59Z
dc.date.available 2019-03-11T11:45:59Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/7680
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Objective: Direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription medicines encourages individuals to search for or request advertised medicines, can stimulate taking medications rather than making lifestyle behaviour changes, and may target individuals with poorer demographic and socioeconomic status and riskier health-related behaviours. This study thus explored whether responses to medicine advertising vary as a function of lifestyle behaviours, and demographic and socioeconomic factors. Methods: Data were collected through an online survey of a nationally representative sample of 2,057 adults in New Zealand. Multivariate binary logistic regressions were used to explore whether lifestyle behaviours, including nutritional habits, alcohol consumption, illegal drug consumption, physical activity, attitudes towards doing exercise, as well as demographic and socioeconomic status were associated with self-reported behavioural responses to medicine advertising. Results: Individuals who had unhealthier lifestyle behaviours were more likely to respond to medicine advertising. Conclusions: The findings raise concerns regarding the misuse or overuse of medications for diseases that may otherwise be improved by a healthier lifestyle. Implications for public health: To improve public health and wellbeing of society, we call for regulatory changes regarding advertising of medicines. Where applicable, lifestyle changes should be advertised as potential substitutes for the advertised medicines. Interprofessional collaboration is also recommended to educate individuals and convey the value of health behaviour changes. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Wiley Open Access en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 43 (2), pp. 190-196
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1753-6405.12883
dc.subject direct-to-consumer advertising en_US
dc.subject prescription medicines en_US
dc.subject self-reported behavioural outcomes en_US
dc.subject lifestyle behaviours en_US
dc.subject New Zealand en_US
dc.title Lifestyle determinants of behavioural outcomes triggered by direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription medicines: a cross-sectional study en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/1753-6405.12883
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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