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

Modig, Sara; Kristensson, Jimmie LU ; Kristensson Ekwall, Anna LU ; Rahm Hallberg, Ingalill LU and Midlöv, Patrik LU (2009) In European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 65. p.151-155
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,... (More)
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. (Less)
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  author       = {Modig, Sara and Kristensson, Jimmie and Kristensson Ekwall, Anna and Rahm Hallberg, Ingalill and Midlöv, Patrik},
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  series       = {European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology},
  title        = {Frail elderly patients in primary care-their medication knowledge and beliefs about prescribed medicines.},
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  volume       = {65},
  year         = {2009},
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