A study to explore people’s expectations and experiences with medication prescribing

Yasser Thamer, Hana Morrissey, Patrick Ball

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Abstract

Aim This research aims to establish whether patients are empowered, feel empowered and want to be involved in the decision making of their treatment plan. Method The study was designed as an open and closed questionnaire about patient empowerment and expectations. Results A total of 68 participants took part in the study, among them 66% female. The most crucial finding was that 75% of participants did not correctly understand the term ‘patient empowerment’. The majority of patients prefer to be treated by a doctor in comparison toother non-medical prescribers. Patients resort to enforcing their opinions to prescribers due to the lack of prescribers asking patients about any potential concerns. Conclusions Critical to improving medication-related outcomes is patient empowerment to improve self-care and it appears clear that greater public awareness of this is required. Non-medical prescribers must contribute to this and earn public acceptance through better outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-60
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Medicines Optimisation
Volume6
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020

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