Empowering Patient Minority Populations. Self medication management program for adult patients in custody

Hanan Abdalla, Patrick Ball

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Introduction: Once an offender has been sent to a correctional facility they lose most of their freedom to perform their normal day-to-day functions at the time they wish.. It was clear that their needs for participation in their own health care were neither being evaluated nor assessed.. Aim: the aim of this project was to improve health outcomes by empowering patients in a minority population such as the custodial system through their active involvement in their own medication management. Method: A total of 2000 people in a custodial environment were given the opportunity to be issued with dosage administration aids and to self-medicate. A series of questionnaires, risk assessments and patient interviews was followed by a post implementation evaluation questionnaires to patients and staff. . Results: From a total of 2000 patients, a randomly selected sample of 45 patients were asked to complete the evaluation of which 42 were overwhelmingly positive about the approach. Out of 15 staff members 9 were strongly positive. Findings: patient involvement in their own medication management empowering them to comply and contribute to better overall health outcomes. Conclusion: patients welling to learn and participate in their own medication management which contribute to better compliance and better understanding of their own medication.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-11
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Pharmacy Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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