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Relationship between physical activity and medicine use in the elderly of Amirkola, Babol, Iran (2011-2012)
Seyed Reza Hosseini , Ebrahim Zabihi, Reza Ghadimi, Setareh Karimpour, Ali Akbar Moghadamnia, Ali Bijani
Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Health Research Institute, Babol University of Medical Sciences, Babol, Iran
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Background: The increase in life expectancy has led to an increase in the prevalence of chronic diseases and multiple drug use in elderly population. Given the role of regular physical activity in reducing the risk of a number of diseases, this study aimed to determine the amount of physical activity and its relationship to medicine use in the elderly of Amirkola, Babol, Iran. 
Methods: This study is a part of the Amirkola Health and Ageing Project (AHAP). Information on physical activity was collected using the Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly (PASE) and through interviews with older people. The score of this questionnaire was rated from 0 to 400 points. Data about the number and kind of drugs were obtained through interviews and observation of their medications and prescriptions. Then data was analyzed. 
Results: Among 1616 elderly people, 883 cases were male (54.6%) and 733 were female (45.4%). The average of physical activity of the elderly was 99.01±52.53, which was 100.5±66.3 in men and 111.5±55.1 in women (p<0.001). Average number of drugs used by elderly population was 1.9±2.4 in men and 3.3±2.7 in women (p<0.001). There was an inverse and significant correlation between total physical activity and the drug use (p=0.003, r=-0.075), and the most correlation was with household physical activity (p<0.001, r =-0.098).
Conclusion: These results indicate low level of physical activity in older people in Amirkola and also showed that an increase in physical activity may reduce the number of medicines in the elderly.
Keywords: Older people, Physical activity, Medicine use.
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Type of Study: original article | Subject: Social
Received: 2014/10/30 | Accepted: 2015/01/25 | Published: 2015/03/3
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Hosseini S R, Zabihi E, Ghadimi R, Karimpour S, Moghadamnia A A, Bijani A. Relationship between physical activity and medicine use in the elderly of Amirkola, Babol, Iran (2011-2012). Caspian J Soc Med. 2015; 1 (1) :11-16
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