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Title
The willingness and attitude of patients towards self-administration of medication in hospital
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Abstract
Background: Literature suggests a positive impact of self-administration of medication during hospitalization on medication adherence and safety, and on patient satisfaction. However, self-administration is not a common practice in Belgian hospitals. The aim of this study was to describe patients willingness towards self-administration of medication while in hospital. Methods: A cross-sectional observational study was conducted in three Belgian hospitals in November and December 2015. All patients of 14 randomly selected wards were asked to participate. The structured questionnaire comprised patient characteristics, their willingness and attitude towards self-administration of medication, perceived ability to self-administer during hospitalization, and prerequisites and perceived consequences. Results: In total, 124 patients participated (36% of all eligible patients). The main reasons not to participate were the patients physical and mental condition (30%) and the absence of patients during the time of data collection (23%). The majority of the 124 participating patients had a positive attitude towards the implementation of self-administration; 83.9% were willing to self-administer their medication while in hospital. Most important prerequisites were self-administration at home before and after hospitalization, patients motivation, and a regular evaluation of the patients competences. Patients acknowledged benefits such as an increase in autonomy, independence and medication knowledge. Patients did not expect selfadministration would cause important safety issues. Conclusion: The majority of patients, capable of participating in the study, would want to self-administer medication during hospitalization. They had a positive attitude towards selfadministration of medication. Nevertheless, patients stated important conditions which need to be considered in order to implement self-administration.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Therapeutic Advances in Drug Safety. - -
Therapeutic Advances in Drug Safety. - -
Publication
2018
ISSN
2042-0986
2042-0994
Volume/pages
9 :6 (2018) , p. 309-321
ISI
000433010200005
Pubmed ID
29854392
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UAntwerpen
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Creation 28.03.2018
Last edited 25.09.2021
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