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Health Mark Q. 2001;19(1):61-78.

Consumer involvement: effects on information processing from over-the-counter medication labels.

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  • 1Department of Clinical Sciences and Administration, University of Houston, College of Pharmacy, Texas Medical Center, 1441 Moursund Street, Houston, TX 77030, USA.


The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of consumer involvement on information processing from over-the-counter (OTC) medication labels. A sample of 256 students evaluated simulated OTC product labels for two product categories (headache and cold) in random order. Each participant evaluated labels after reading a scenario to simulate high and low involvement respectively. A questionnaire was used to collect data on variables such as label comprehension, attitude-towards-product label, product evaluation, and purchase intention. The results indicate that when consumers are involved in their purchase of OTC medications they are significantly more likely to understand information from the label and evaluate it accordingly. However, involvement does not affect attitude-towards-product label nor does it enhance purchase intention.

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