The Data used in this research are from a representative survey of 1819 adults from the Swiss-German speaking part of Switzerland. Data were collected by using a questionnaire designed to gather information on symptoms, methods of treatment, prescribed and nonprescribed medicines, health-related attitudes, and motives. Incidence rates for incorrect indication, contra-indication, interaction of substances and abuse were obtained. Data on distribution channels show a high rate of persons in risk-groups being in contact with health-professionals which could be used more effectively for preventive purposes. A comparison between high-risk and low-risk groups indicate lower risk-awareness of persons in high-risk groups. Possible social psychological factors and measures are discussed.
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