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Objectives: To estimate the proportion of patients who received instructions regarding their medications’ functions, methods of administration, dosages, adverse effects, drug-drug interactions, as well as to identify the sources of knowledge concerning medications’ instructions. Methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out in King Khalid University Hospital KKUH in the out-patient pharmacy in 2013. The data collection method includes personal interview with patients who are randomly selected from adults above 18 years of age. The interview was conducted among patients and any person who attends the consultation. Results: The sample was 274 patients. Patients who received instructions for drugs’ functions 208 75.9%, method of administration 229 83.6%, doses of drugs 220 80.3%, drugs’ adverse effects 47 17.1%, and drug-drug interactions 41 15%. Sources of medications’ instructions were physicians 73.6%, pharmacists 42.3%, patient information leaflets PILs 40.5% and family or friends 12.8%. Conclusion: The provided instructions about prescribed medications to patients in KKUH were incomplete that may lead to therapeutic failure.

KEYWORDS

Physicians’ Instructions, Prescriptions, Communication, Patients Knowledge

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Gad, A. , Almousa, S. , Sharefi, M. , Alshaqrawi, A. , Alqashami, A. , Al-Salloom, M. and Binsaid, A. 2015 Physicians’ Instructions to Patients Regarding Medications in a Saudi University Hospital. Health, 7, 1441-1447. doi: 10.4236-health.2015.711158.





Autor: Ashry Gad1, Saud Almousa2*, Mohanned Sharefi2, Ali Alshaqrawi1,2, Azzam Alqashami2, Meshari Al-Salloom2, Abdulaziz Binsaid2

Fuente: http://www.scirp.org/



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