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Medicine use and policy

How climate-aware are we Swedes in our medicine choices? Is there a high degree of patient safety in Swedish pharmacies? These are two of the questions our researchers are seeking to answer.

Our research

Our researchers investigate medicine use and pharmaceutical policy in population studies, which include register research, but also in qualitative studies. The work is done by the MEDUP research group and a network of other researchers in the same field. Their aims are to help ensure, through research, that medicinal drug treatments and use are equitable and rational, and to bring about good health, high quality of life and patient satisfaction.

More information about the MEDUP Research group

Our research areas

  • prescription and use of medicines and their various effects
  • strategies for improving medicine use in society: drug policies and pharmaceutical interventions at pharmacies and in health care
  • the pharmaceutical professions, professional practice and collaboration with other health care professionals
  • development of research methods in the discipline.

Current projects

At present, our researchers are studying a broad range of subjects: drug treatment for people with asthma, patient safety in Swedish pharmacies, whether Swedes choose medicines with their potential environmental impact in mind, and much more.

Important findings

  • A large-scale population study shows that 2 per cent of the Swedish people are affected by headaches as a result of medicine overuse. These headaches are caused by drugs used to treat migraines and tension headaches, and are more common in people with lower educational attainment and income levels.
  • The first Swedish studies of various ways of measuring medication adherence, using the Swedish Prescribed Drug Register, were carried out with contributions from the MEDUP research group.
  • Knowledge about the use of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines was previously limited. The MEDUP research group has been able to show that in general, except for young adults, Swedes have a good understanding of potential risks of OTC medicines.

Close connection between research and education

There is close cooperation between the Institute’s research and our education and training, in which many of our researchers too are involved. They supervise doctoral students and teach on our regular programmes, freestanding courses and vocational care programmes within Sahlgrenska Academy.

Read more about our education