Thursday, 15 May 2014

New study calls for an improvement of medicine use in the general public

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine's Dr Genevieve Cowie has co authored a paper which looks at ways to improve medicine use by consumers. The study looks at a number of systematic reviews from different medical areas based on the public's use of medication for different diseases.

The paper suggests that there are many different pathways to improve consumer use of medicines, however, no single strategy can be applied to all medicines-use outcomes across all diseases, populations or settings. It notes that strategies that appear to improve medicines use include self-monitoring and self-management programmes, while simplified dosing regimens and directly involving pharmacists in medicines management appear promising.

Other strategies, such as delayed antibiotic prescriptions; practical management tools such as reminders, education or information combined with other strategies like self-management skills training, counselling and financial incentives, may also have some positive effects, but their effects are less consistent.

Click here to read the full paper

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