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Patients' information on their prescribed current treatment
Article first published online: 28 MAR 2012
© 2012 The Authors. JPHSR © 2012 Royal Pharmaceutical Society
Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research
Volume 3, Issue 2, pages 79–84, June 2012
How to Cite
Ekedahl, A. and Hoffmann, M. (2012), Patients' information on their prescribed current treatment. Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, 3: 79–84. doi: 10.1111/j.1759-8893.2012.00086.x
- Issue published online: 7 MAY 2012
- Article first published online: 28 MAR 2012
- Received December 30, 2011; Accepted January 27, 2012
- Medication List;
- patient information;
Objective To investigate how many patients, with five or more prescriptions in the Swedish National Prescription Repository (NPR) had received (1) the Medication List (ML) from the electronic medical record and (2) the Prescription List (PL) on prescriptions stored in the NPR and how these lists were used.
Methods Patients >18 years of age, with five or more prescriptions stored electronically in the NPR, collecting medicines on prescription for themselves at nine pharmacies all around Sweden were interviewed about their knowledge of, and if they had received, the ML, the PL and/or the pharmacy record on medicines purchased on prescription during the last 15 months, and what documentation they used to track their current, prescribed treatment.
Key findings A total of 777 consensual patients (485 women) were interviewed. Of these, 32% were aware of the ML, but only 13% had received the ML at least once a year, and only 9% used the ML to track their current, prescribed medicines. Virtually all patients (99%) had received the PL at every pharmacy dispensing and 68% said they used the PL as documentation on their current, prescribed medicines. 52% used the dispensed packs to track their medication and 10% said they used a handwritten list. Only few patients were aware of the pharmacy record.
Conclusion Our study shows that patients' access to information on their prescribed medicines is not in accordance with intentions in health care. The risk for errors in medicine use at home is substantial.