DEMOGRAPHICS, SIDE EFFECTS, AND HEALTH CARE BELIEFS OF PROHORMONE USERS
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University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Prohormones are a type of nutritional supplement similar to Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids (AAS). As AAS are illegal without a medical prescription prohormones are sometimes used as a legal alternative. It is thoughts that prohormones carry the same types of health risks associated with AAS, but there is little research to support this. The study has focused on identifying a group of prohormone users and asking them about who they are, including demographics, how they use prohormones, what health outcomes they experience, and their perceptions of the health care system. Data acquisition was accomplished via a survey posted to two online forums dedicated to prohormone use and the FacebookTM page of a private gym facility. The survey was created and administered in the SurveyShareTM platform. Sixty five usable responses were gathered from three months of survey run time, four of which had to be dropped from papers two and three for lack of pertinent information. Demographics were identified including age, gender, and education along with use characteristic such as cycles taken per year. These characteristics were tested to see if there existed differences in those who started use at an earlier age or a later age. Self-reported health outcomes experienced were also identified and explored to assess any differences in outcomes based upon taking more than the recommended dose. Finally health care beliefs were outlined such as belief in the information obtained from a physician and tested based upon being a prohormone users or a user of both prohormones and AAS
HEALTH CAREPROHORMONESIDE EFFECTS
Health Services Research
Blanchette, ChristopherHowden, ReubenLangford, DavidSaunders, William
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2014.
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