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Eur J Clin Pharmacol. 2009 Feb;65(2):151-5. doi: 10.1007/s00228-008-0581-8. Epub 2008 Oct 29.

Frail elderly patients in primary care--their medication knowledge and beliefs about prescribed medicines.

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Department of Clinical Sciences in Malmö, General Practice/Family Medicine, Lund University, Lund, Sweden. sara.modig@skane.se

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The aim of this study was to describe elderly patients' knowledge about and attitudes towards their medicines in Swedish primary care.

METHODS:

Thirty-four patients aged 65 years and above with multiple illnesses were included. Medication knowledge was assessed with a questionnaire measuring knowledge about indication and possible adverse effects for each medicine. Attitudes were investigated with the Beliefs about Medicines Questionnaire.

RESULTS:

The indication of at least 75% of their medicines was known to 71% of the patients. Patients with polypharmacy and multi-dose drug distribution respectively had significantly less knowledge. Eighty-four percent had no knowledge about possible adverse effects. For 93% of the patients, the benefits of the medication outweighed the costs (concerns). No correlation was found between attitudes and knowledge.

CONCLUSIONS:

The knowledge about indication was higher than previously seen, but the knowledge about possible adverse effects was poor. The patients had strong beliefs in the benefits of their medication.

PMID:
18958457
DOI:
10.1007/s00228-008-0581-8
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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