Assessment of patients’ knowledge and practices regarding their medication use and risks in Lebanon

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dc.contributor.author Ramia, Elsy
dc.contributor.author Zeenny, Rony M.
dc.contributor.author Hallit, Souheil
dc.contributor.author Salameh, Pascale
dc.date.accessioned 2017-12-19T11:13:10Z
dc.date.available 2017-12-19T11:13:10Z
dc.date.copyright 2017 en_US
dc.date.issued 2017-12-19
dc.identifier.issn 2210-7711 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/6836
dc.description.abstract Background Patients’ knowledge of their medications play a pivotal role in their disease management. Objective Assess the knowledge and practices of Lebanese outpatients regarding their own medication use and risks. Setting Four hundred and sixty community pharmacies across Lebanon. Method It was a cross-sectional study performed from March through May 2016 among Lebanese outpatients, using a self-administered questionnaire. Descriptive statistics were used to calculate all participants’ responses. The association between categorical variables were evaluated using Pearson χ2 test or Fisher’s exact test. Binary logistic regressions were performed to identify factors associated with medication patients’ knowledge and interest. Main outcome measure Ability of the patients to identify own medications’ elements: name, strength, dosage regimen, indication, and adverse drug reactions. Results Our study comprised 921 patients, with around 16% taking ≥5 medications/day. Around 56% of our patients showed sub-optimal medication knowledge. Patients’ higher educational level, number of chronic diseases, and patient physician interaction were associated with higher medication knowledge. Many patients admitted not discussing their medications each time they visit their physicians (38.7%); not reading the leaflet of each medication they take (61.2%); and not regularly asking their pharmacist about the potential interactions of OTC drugs with prescribed medications (53.9%). Conclusion This study showed suboptimal medication-related knowledge, and suboptimal patient’s interactions with primary care givers. Our findings serve as a platform for healthcare providers to understand patients’ needs and educate them about medication use and risks. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Assessment of patients’ knowledge and practices regarding their medication use and risks in Lebanon en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.author.school SOP en_US
dc.author.idnumber 200302267 en_US
dc.author.department Pharmacy Practice en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy en_US
dc.journal.volume 39 en_US
dc.journal.issue 5 en_US
dc.article.pages 1084-1094 en_US
dc.keywords Adverse drug reactions en_US
dc.keywords Community pharmacies en_US
dc.keywords Knowledge en_US
dc.keywords Lebanon en_US
dc.keywords Medication en_US
dc.keywords Outpatients en_US
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11096-017-0517-4 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Ramia, E., Zeenny, R. M., Hallit, S., & Salameh, P. (2017). Assessment of patients’ knowledge and practices regarding their medication use and risks in Lebanon. International journal of clinical pharmacy, 39(5), 1084-1094. en_US
dc.author.email elsy.ramia@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11096-017-0517-4 en_US
dc.orcid.id https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6447-4377 en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

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