Table 3

Medication classes chosen as most or least important
Most important medication n*
Beta blockers 8
Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors 7
Anticoagulants 5
Opioid analgesics 4
Calcium channel blockers 3
Non-opioid analgesics 2
Gastric medications 2
Digitalis glycosides 2
Antilipemic agents 2
Glucocorticoids 2
Insulin 2
Loop diuretics 2
Platelet aggregation inhibitors 1
Sedatives/hypnotics 1
Anticonvulsants 1
Antiparkinson agents 1
Antianginals 1
Thiazides/related diuretics 1
Local anesthetics, topical 1
Digestants 1
Genitourinary agents 1
Oral hypoglycemic agents 1
Antirheumatic agents 1
Skeletal muscle relaxants 1
Bronchodilators 1
Least important medication n
Vitamins 12
Non-opioid analgesics 4
Antilipemic agents 2
Antigout agents 2
Sedatives/Hypnotics 1
Anticonvulsants 1
Loop diuretics 1
Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors 1
Local anesthetics, topical 1
Laxatives 1
Histamine antagonists 1
Antispasmodics, urological 1
Contraceptives, systemic 1
Skeletal muscle relaxants 1
Iron 1

*Unit of analysis is medication. Results do not include responses for condition-related medications (i.e., “heart meds”).

Linsky and Simon

Linsky and Simon BMC Research Notes 2012 5:619   doi:10.1186/1756-0500-5-619

Open Data