Medication Use

Research Categories - Medication Use

Prevalence and patterns of antidepressant use among women of reproductive age in Northern Ireland.

Antidepressant exposure is high among women of childbearing age in Northern Ireland. A preliminary analysis of Health and Social Care Business Services Organisation Enhanced Prescribing Database has estimated a prevalence rate at 19.2% among women aged 15-45 years for July 2008 – February 2010. It is important to regularly monitor medicinal drug use among women of childbearing age and those in early pregnancy because the teratogenicity of most prescription drugs is undetermined and many pregnancies...

A pharmaco-epidemiological study of Anxiolytic and Antidepressant Drug uptake in Northern Ireland.

Recent epidemiological research highlights the importance of area factors on population health, with deprived areas having a greater proportion of physically and mentally ill inhabitants. One explanation is that these areas promote detrimental health behaviours, but increasingly the influence of individual characteristics are of interest. The social drift hypothesis suggests that individuals with poor health may migrate to particular areas, whilst selective migration suggests that the ‘healthy’ move out; collectively these effects can produce distributions...

An exploratory analysis of the use of antibiotics by demographic and area characteristics – an exemplar study using the Northern Ireland Enhanced Prescribing Database (EPD) – NILS Distinct Linkage Project.

The EPD is an integrated patient-centred electronic record of all drugs prescribed by General Practitioners in Northern Ireland. Using the EPES database this project will analyse antibiotic prescribing patterns for the 12 months ending May 2010. It will examine variations in use of antibiotics by individual socio-demographic characteristics and area characteristics, to help to inform the management of antibiotics prescribing in Northern Ireland.

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