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Senior Times - February 2016
NEW APPROACH TO MEDICATION COUNSELING
SHOWN TO BE HIGHLY EFFECTIVE
It takes about one minute longer, but pharmacists who employ an unconventional, interactive patient counseling technique can more than double the chance that people will properly take, understand and manage their use of prescription drugs.
A new study just published in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association provides compelling evidence that this technique could significantly improve the understanding of drug use and storage, possible side effects, what
to expect from a medication and what to do if something isn’t working.
“This approach to prescription drug counseling has now been shown to be a dramatic improvement over conventional methods,” said Robert Boyce, director
of pharmacy services in the Student Health Center Pharmacy at Oregon State University, and corresponding author on the study. “This is the first real analysis to prove hat it works, and that the approach could be extremely important for health care in America.”
Historically, pharmacists who provided patients with information about their prescription medications – when that was done at all – most often used what was called a “lecture format,” essentially a one-way form of communication that was often referred to as reading off the label. The efficacy of this system varied widely, and gave little assurance that patients had heard and understood a range of details about the drug they were preparing to take.
By contrast, Boyce co-developed an alternative approach during a 21-year career with the Public Health Service pharmacy
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program of the Indian Health Service,
a federal health program for American Indians and Alaskan natives. It emphasizes a questioning of patients about the drug they have been prescribed, and answers questions about whatever they don’t understand.
It’s a discussion, not a presentation.
The concept, Boyce said, was released
in 1991 to every school and college of pharmacy, and is now gaining much wider acceptance across the nation. This study, which included a survey of 500 participants at four community pharmacies in Oregon, is the first of its type to confirm the value of the new approach. A lead author was Naomi Lam, a pharmacy resident at the OSU Student Health Center Pharmacy
at the time of the research.
In this approach, patients are asked
three basic, open-ended questions, relating to the name and purpose of the medication; how to use and store it; and what possible side effects there might be, and what to do if they occur.
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