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The development and evaluation of a medication diary to report problems with medication use
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Purpose: The study aimed to develop and evaluate a medication diary for patients to report problems with medication use to enable shared-decision making and improve medication adherence. Methods: Based on a search for existing diaries, a review of the content, and a list of medication self-management problems compiled from previous research, a paper and pencil version of a medication diary was developed. The diary was reviewed for clarity and overall presentation by five healthcare providers and nine patients. Afterwards, user-friendliness was evaluated by 69 patients with polypharmacy discharged from hospital during a quantitative prospective study. Results: The medication diary consists of several parts: (1) a medication schedule allowing patients to list their medicines, (2) information sheets allowing patients to write down specific medication-related information, (3) a monthly overview to indicate daily whether medication-related problems were experienced, (4) problem sheets elaborating on the problems encountered, (5) space for specific medication-related questions for healthcare providers to facilitate shared-decision making. The review phase resulted in minor textual adjustments and one extra problem in the problem sheet. Most participants, who tested the medication diary for two months, found the diary user-friendly (80%) and easy to fill in (89%). About 40% of participants reported problems with medication use. Half of the patients indicated that the diary can facilitate discussing problems with healthcare providers. Conclusion: The medication diary offers patients the opportunity to report problems regarding their medication use in a proven user-friendly manner and to discuss these problems with healthcare providers. Reporting and discussing problems with medication use can serve as a first step towards making shared decisions on how to address the problems encountered.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Heliyon. - London, 2015, currens
Publication
London : Elsevier , 2024
ISSN
2405-8440
DOI
10.1016/J.HELIYON.2024.E26127
Volume/pages
10 :4 (2024) , p. 1-9
Article Reference
e26127
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UAntwerpen
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SelfMADIP: The effectiveness of an in-hospital medication Self-Management intervention on medication Adherence after DIscharge in patients with Polypharmacy.
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Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Creation 22.02.2024
Last edited 24.02.2024
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