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a pharmacist dispensary shelves imageDecember 18 2017

Almost half of adults reported recently taking at least one prescribed medicine, the latest ‘Health Survey for England’ has found. In 2015-16, 48% of adults said they had taken at least one prescribed medicine in the last week, and 24% stated they had taken three or more.

NHS Digital’s report notes: “Prescribed medicine use increased with age, from 19% of young adults aged 16 to 24 to more than 90% of those aged 75 and over.” In addition, “prevalence of prescribed medicine use was higher in more deprived areas: 54% of adults in the most deprived fifth of areas took at least one medicine, compared with 45% in the least deprived areas.”

The study also found that use of at least one prescribed medicine ranged from 40% of those reporting they had very good or good general health to 85% of those saying they were in bad or very bad general health.

Prevalence of people using 10 or more prescribed medicines in the past week was 3% of all adults. “Among older adults, the proportions who had used 10 or more prescribed medicines in the last week was 6% of those aged 65 to 74 and 13% of those aged 85 and over.”

NHS Digital’s Health Survey for England for 2016 is based on interview responses from a total of 8,011 adults (aged 16 and over) and 2,056 children (aged 0 to 15). Of the adults, 5,049 had a nurse visit.

Other findings include:

  • 26% of men and 27% of women were obese, with levels being similar since 2010;
  • 16% of children aged 2-15 were obese and a further 12% of children classed as overweight;
  • 66% of men and 58% of women aged 19 and over met the aerobic activity guidelines of at least 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week or an equivalent combination of both, in bouts of 10 minutes or more;
  • 28% of adults had hypertension;
  • 12% of adults had untreated hypertension;
  • 2% of adults reported having a chronic kidney disease as diagnosed by a doctor;
  • 1% of adults reported having doctor-diagnosed chronic liver disease.

Links:
NHS Digital announcement          
NHS Digital ‘Health Survey for England, 2016’      

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