Table 2

Pharmacological and supplemental use among osteoarthritis knee and hip patients

Type, source and pattern of use

Frequency

Percentage


Overall number of reported interventions*


Zero

5

3.1


One

92

56.8


Two

55

34.0


Three or More

10

6.2


Class of intervention‡


NSAID

106

65.4


Other analgesics

55

34.0


Acetaminophen

38

23.5


Nutritional supplement

11

06.8


Level of intervention‡


Rx user only

80

49.4


OTC user only

46

28.4


Rx and OTC user

31

19.1


Source of recommendation‡


PCP only

41

25.3


Self-guided only

39

24.1


Orthopedic only

28

17.3


PCP and self-guided

16

09.9


Multiple professional sources

12

07.4


Orthopaedic and self-guided

11

06.8


Other sources

10

06.2


Recall medication dose‡


All

76

46.9


None

53

32.7


Some

28

17.3


Medications used as directed‡


Always

110

67.9


Never

34

21.0


Sometimes

13

08.0


2 week consistent medication use‡


Always

88

54.3


Never

48

29.6


Sometimes

21

13.0


* Interventions = prescription or over-the-counter medication as well as supplements.

‡ N = 157/162 participants whom reported using a pharmacological intervention, 5 participants reported using none.

NSAID = non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, Rx = prescription, OTC = over-the-counter, and PCP = primary care physician.

Driban et al. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2012 13:47   doi:10.1186/1471-2474-13-47

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