Citizens who take 6 or more different prescription medications on a regular basis

Table

Unit %

Year 2020 Year 2017
Province
New Brunswick
11.4
10.9 - 12.0
10.2
9.8 - 10.6
Health zones
Zone 1 - Moncton and South-East Area
9.5
8.5 - 10.5
9.3
8.5 - 10.0
Zone 2 - Fundy Shore and Saint John Area
11.0
9.8 - 12.1
9.9
9.0 - 10.8
Zone 3 - Fredericton and River Valley Area
10.8
9.8 - 11.9
9.9
9.0 - 10.8
Zone 4 - Madawaska and North-West Area
14.5
12.4 - 16.6
11.0
9.6 - 12.4
Zone 5 - Restigouche Area
17.3
14.6 - 20.1
15.3
13.0 - 17.6
Zone 6 - Bathurst and Acadian Peninsula Area
13.6
12.0 - 15.2
12.5
11.1 - 13.8
Zone 7 - Miramichi Area
12.2
9.7 - 14.7
8.9
7.2 - 10.6
Communities
Bathurst, Beresford, Petit-Rocher Area
14.6
11.6 - 17.7
11.4
9.3 - 13.5
Bouctouche, Richibucto, Saint-Antoine Area
10.5
8.1 - 12.9
9.3
7.2 - 11.4
Campbellton, Atholville, Tide Head Area
19.5
15.4 - 23.7
20.2
16.7 - 23.8
Caraquet, Paquetville, Bertrand Area
10.4
7.4 - 13.4
9.9
7.1 - 12.6
Dalhousie, Balmoral, Belledune Area
15.0
11.4 - 18.6
11.0
8.1 - 13.8
Dieppe and Memramcook
7.6
5.3 - 9.9
8.5
6.7 - 10.4
Douglas, Saint Marys, Doaktown Area
10.4
7.0 - 13.7
11.0
8.0 - 13.9
Edmundston, Rivière-Verte, Lac Baker Area
14.7
11.6 - 17.7
10.8
9.0 - 12.7
Florenceville-Bristol, Woodstock, Wakefield Area
12.4
9.5 - 15.2
10.3
7.8 - 12.8
Fredericton
8.5
6.5 - 10.5
7.7
6.0 - 9.3
Grand Bay-Westfield, Westfield, Greenwich Area
11.8
7.9 - 15.7
9.3
6.3 - 12.3
Grand Falls, Saint-Léonard, Drummond Area
13.4
10.1 - 16.7
12.1
9.5 - 14.7
Hillsborough, Riverside-Albert, Alma Area
12.5
7.4 - 17.5
7.3
3.9 - 10.7
Kedgwick, Saint-Quentin and Grimmer
17.0
11.3 - 22.6
8.8
5.1 - 12.5
Minto, Chipman, Cambridge-Narrows Area
18.1
13.2 - 23.0
17.3
13.4 - 21.3
Miramichi, Rogersville, Blackville Area
12.6
9.7 - 15.5
9.0
7.1 - 11.0
Moncton
8.6
6.4 - 10.7
9.1
7.7 - 10.6
Nackawic, McAdam, Canterbury Area
12.1
8.4 - 15.8
12.4
9.2 - 15.5
Neguac, Alnwick, Esgenoopetitj Area
10.2
5.6 - 14.8
8.3
4.6 - 12.1
New Maryland, Kingsclear, Lincoln Area
8.7
6.2 - 11.2
6.4
4.4 - 8.4
Oromocto, Gagetown, Fredericton Junction Area
11.1
8.2 - 14.0
13.7
10.8 - 16.5
Perth-Andover, Plaster Rock, Tobique Area
16.6
12.0 - 21.2
13.5
9.9 - 17.1
Quispamsis, Rothesay, Hampton Area
7.7
5.5 - 10.0
7.7
6.1 - 9.3
Riverview and Coverdale
10.8
8.0 - 13.6
8.1
6.2 - 10.1
Sackville, Dorchester, Port Elgin Area
10.5
7.1 - 13.9
13.0
10.0 - 16.0
Saint John, Simonds and Musquash
12.1
9.6 - 14.5
11.0
9.3 - 12.7
Salisbury and Petitcodiac
14.3
9.4 - 19.1
6.9
3.6 - 10.3
Shediac, Beaubassin East and Cap-Pelé
10.3
7.0 - 13.5
10.6
8.6 - 12.6
Shippagan, Lamèque, Inkerman Area
14.0
10.4 - 17.6
14.4
11.0 - 17.8
St. George, Grand Manan, Blacks Harbour Area
11.6
8.1 - 15.2
9.0
6.3 - 11.8
St. Stephen, Saint Andrews, Campobello Island Area
13.1
9.8 - 16.4
11.7
8.7 - 14.7
Sussex, Norton, Sussex Corner Area
10.7
7.8 - 13.6
9.6
7.4 - 11.7
Tracadie and Saint-Isidore
14.0
10.8 - 17.2
15.1
11.9 - 18.2
Age
18-64
7.1
6.5 - 7.6
6.6
6.2 - 7.1
65 and over
23.2
22.1 - 24.3
21.4
20.4 - 22.3
Sex at birth
Female
11.8
11.1 - 12.4
10.6
10.0 - 11.1
Male
10.6
9.7 - 11.5
9.8
9.2 - 10.5
Sexual orientation
Sexual minority people
11.4
8.4 - 14.4
n/a
Heterosexual people
11.2
10.7 - 11.8
n/a
Language
Preferred language of service: English
11.1
10.5 - 11.8
10.2
9.7 - 10.7
Preferred language of service: French
12.0
10.9 - 13.0
10.2
9.4 - 11.0
Indigenous identity
Indigenous
12.8
9.2 - 16.5
15.9
13.3 - 18.5
Non-Indigenous
11.3
10.8 - 11.9
9.9
9.5 - 10.3
Immigrant
Immigrants
5.2
3.7 - 6.8
5.9
4.5 - 7.4
Non-immigrants
11.5
10.9 - 12.0
10.4
10.0 - 10.9
Education level
High school or less
15.3
14.3 - 16.3
14.5
13.8 - 15.3
Postsecondary
8.9
8.3 - 9.6
7.3
6.8 - 7.8
Household income
Less than $25,000
21.3
19.7 - 23.0
19.2
17.9 - 20.4
$25,000 to less than $60,000
12.7
11.7 - 13.6
10.8
10.1 - 11.5
$60,000 or more
6.6
5.9 - 7.3
5.3
4.8 - 5.8
Persons with a disability
Without disability
5.0
4.6 - 5.5
4.4
4.1 - 4.7
With disability
30.5
29.0 - 31.9
29.9
28.6 - 31.1
n/a = Not applicable / not available
S = Data was suppressed due to low respondent counts

About

This indicator is the percentage of citizens who take 6 or more different prescription medications on a regular basis.

Source

New Brunswick Health Council, Primary Health Survey

Calculations

This indicator is calculated by dividing the number of respondents who answered "6 to 8 or more than 8" by the number of respondents who answered "0, 1, 2, 3 to 5, 6 to 8 or more than 8" to the question: How many different prescription medications are you taking on a regular or ongoing basis?

Notes

The 2020 edition of the Primary Health Survey (PHS) was conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the pandemic did not influence the survey’s response rate, NBHC had to assess the impact of surveying during the pandemic. Accordingly, advanced statistical analyses were performed to allow for comparison between the results obtained in 2020 and those obtained in previous PHS cycles. Despite these analyses, users are advised to use the PHS 2020 data with caution, especially when creating estimates for small sub-populations or when comparing it to other PHS editions.

Unit

%

Interpretation

Lower is better

NBHC code

PH_MED01_1