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Consumer-oriented interventions for evidence-based prescribing and medicines use: An overview of systematic reviews

International Literature

posted by Research Admin on 13 May 2011

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This Cochrane Library review synthesises the evidence from 37 systematic reviews on consumers' medicine use. A wide range of strategies to improve medicines use, including information provision, support for behaviour change, risk minimisation and skills acquisition, was included.

It was found that no one type of strategy improved medicines use outcomes across all diseases, populations or settings, or for all outcomes. However, promising interventions to improve adherence and other key medicines use outcomes (e.g. adverse events, knowledge) included self-monitoring and self-management, simplified dosing and interventions directly involving pharmacists.

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Ryan R, Santesso N, Hill S, Lowe D, Kaufman C, Grimshaw J. (2011). Consumer-oriented interventions for evidence-based prescribing and medicines use: An overview of systematic reviews. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 5. Art. No.: CD007768. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007768.pub2.