The effects of medication education on adherence to medication regimens in an elderly population

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  • Linda Esposito RN MPH

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    1. Assistant Coordinator, New Jersey Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Resource Center, St Peter's Medical Centre, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
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Linda Esposito 5 Wolf's Farm Road Hampton New Jersey 08827 USA

Abstract

The purpose of this intervention study was to evaluate educational protocols to see which would be more effective in increasing medication compliance rates within an elderly population Forty-two patients were randomized into four groups Group 1 received a standard education protocol, group 2 received the standard education and 30 minutes of verbal instruction, group 3 received the standard education and a medication schedule, and group 4 received the standard education, a medication schedule, and 30 minutes of verbal instruction The intervention was given on the day of hospital discharge Home visits were made 2 weeks, 1 and 2 months post-hospital discharge Results of the visits revealed that groups 1 and 2 had higher rates of errors with medications than groups 3 and 4 In conclusion, the groups with a medication schedule had higher compliance rates Considering the sample size of 42, this study can act as a pilot study to justify further research in the effects of a medication schedule on compliance

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