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Patient information leaflets - patients' comprehension of information about interactions and contraindications
Apoteket J. J.Berzelius, Linköping.
Apoteket AB, Stockholm.
Örebro University, Department of Humanities.
NEPI Foundation, Stockholm.
2005 (English)In: Pharmacy World & Science, ISSN 0928-1231, E-ISSN 1573-739X, Vol. 27, no 1, p. 35-40Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE: To determine how well patients could correctly recognize and comprehend the various information items on patient information leaflets, and to explore the reasons underlying poor comprehensibility. METHODS: Leaflets from 30 randomly selected, commonly prescribed medicines were examined by experts using protocols to evaluate leaflet layout, language and content. The same leaflets were also evaluated by patients who had their medicines dispensed at 24 randomly selected Swedish pharmacies. A questionnaire was used for the patients' examination. RESULTS: The results showed that most information on the leaflets is sound and is well comprehended by the patients. For two information items regarding 'risks of interactions' and 'contraindications' the patient scores were low, indicating poor comprehensibility. CONCLUSION: Leaflets with low scores on warnings of interactions and contraindications were found to deliver more complex messages to older patients as compared to leaflets with high scores for these items.

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Springer , 2005. Vol. 27, no 1, p. 35-40
Keywords [en]
contraindications, drug information, drug interactions, package inserts, patient information leaflets, Sweden
Keywords [sv]
bipacksedlar, läkemedelsinformation
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Specific Languages Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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Swedish Language; Social Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-10622OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-10622DiVA, id: diva2:318081
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Värdering av läkemedlens bipacksedlarAvailable from: 2010-05-06 Created: 2010-05-05 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved

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