Use of analgesics in Sweden--the importance of sociodemographic factors, physical fitness, health and health-related factors, and working conditions.

Social science & medicine (1982)

PubMedID: 8771630

Antonov K, Isacson D. Use of analgesics in Sweden--the importance of sociodemographic factors, physical fitness, health and health-related factors, and working conditions. Soc Sci Med. 1996;42(11):1473-81.
In this study, factors related to analgesic use-independent of their association with pain-were studied in the general Swedish population. These included sociodemographics, health and health-related factors, physical fitness and working conditions. Data from the Swedish Survey of Living Conditions for the two-year period 1988/89 were used. In this survey a random sample (n = 13,295, response rate 79.4%) of the Swedish population aged 16 years and older was interviewed about health, medication use and related matters, among other things. In all, 35% of the population used analgesics at least once during a two-week period, and analgesic use was more than 50% higher among women than men. Analgesic use was less common among those aged 45-64 years and 65-74 years than those 18-44, after controlling for all other variables. The study showed that self-perceived poor health and pain explain much analgesic use. Analgesic use is further explained by lifestyle, sleeping problems, and health care utilization. Marital status, educational level, socioeconomic status, social network and working conditions were found to be of minor importance.