What do patients need to know? A study to assess patients’ satisfaction with information about medicines

Twigg, Michael ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0910-3850, Bhattacharya, Debi ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3024-7453, Clark, Allan ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2965-8941, Patel, Rina, Rogers, Hannah, Whiteside, Hattie, Yaqoob, Mahavish and Wright, David (2016) What do patients need to know? A study to assess patients’ satisfaction with information about medicines. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 24 (4). pp. 229-236. ISSN 0961-7671

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Objectives: This study aimed to determine the information needs and reported adherence of patients prescribed medicines for chronic conditions in those who have received a community pharmacy advanced service and those who have not. Methods: A questionnaire was constructed using validated tools to measure medication information satisfaction and adherence together with questions eliciting information regarding the use of pharmacy services and demographic characteristics. This questionaire was distributed from four community pharmacies to a convenience sample of 400 patients as they collected their medicines. Patients were eligible if prescribed more than one regular medicine and attending the pharmacy for longer than three months. The questionnaire was returned directly to the university. Key Findings: 232 (58%) questionnaires were returned. All respondents desired further information about their prescribed medicines, particularly about potential medication problems. Dissatisfaction centred on side effects, interactions and certain medicine characteristics such as how long it will take to act. Satisfaction with information about medicines and adherence were significantly greater in a subgroup reporting that they had received an advanced pharmacy service e.g. medicine use review. Conclusion: Patients who had received an advanced service reported greater adherence and satisfaction with medicine related information. This was a small, observational study, using a convenience sample of four pharmacies; in order to draw definitive conclusions, a larger study with participants randomised to receive an advanced service is required.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: adherence,chronic medication,community pharmacy,lay perspectives,medicines management,patient behaviour,patient satisfaction
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Pharmacy
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2016 09:23
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 00:46
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/57745
DOI: 10.1111/ijpp.12252

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