Table 1.

Characteristics of study sample (n = 196)

Characteristic
Male n (%)105 (53.6)
Age, years
  70–7595 (48.5)
  76–8058 (29.6)
  81–8535 (17.9)
  86–906 (3.1)
  ≥912 (1.0)
Mean (SD)76.7 (4.9)
Range70–94
Marital status n (%)
  Married/cohabiting108 (55.1)
  Widowed58 (29.6)
  Single24 (12.2)
  Divorced/separated5 (2.6)
  Unknown1 (0.5)
Educational level n (%)
  None or low67 (34.2)
  Secondary education85 (43.4)
  Tertiary education39 (19.9)
  Unknown5 (2.6)
GMS card holdera n (%)183 (93.4)
Repeat medications n (%)
  ≤ 534 (17.3)
  6–972 (36.7)
  ≥1090 (45.9)
Mean (SD)9.5 (4.1)
Range3–23
Mean (SD)
Potentially inappropriate prescriptions1.35 (0.62)
Interview participants11
  Male n (%)6 (54.5)
  Mean age (SD)77 (3.9)
Repeat medications n (%)
  6–94 (36.4)
  ≥107 (63.6)
  Mean (SD)11.8 (4.4)
  Range7–20
  • a GMS is a means-tested scheme that entitles those who qualify to have access to public health services, free of charge. Approximately 97% of those aged >70 years are eligible. GMS = general medical services.