(2004; 98 pages)
This chapter discusses the various factors that influence medicines use by consumers. It provides a framework which links individual drug use behaviour to the multi-layered environment which shapes it. This includes the:
• household level
• community level
• health service institution level
• national level
• international level.
The framework described provides a basis for the analysis of medicines use problems. It can also assist in the development of interventions aimed at changing behaviour and the environment in which medicines use takes place, in order to bring about more appropriate use.
The framework helps to identify why medicines are used irrationally, so that appropriate, effective and feasible strategies can be chosen to confront the drug use problems.