Information needs and patient perceptions of the quality of medication information available in hospitals: a mixed method study

C.L. Bekker*, S.M. Naghani, S. Natsch, N.S. Wartenberg, B.J.F. van den Bemt

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BackgroundProviding appropriate medication information to patients is of utmost importance for optimal pharmacotherapy. (Un)intentional miscommunication and information gaps resulting in unmet needs could negatively affect patient's ability to use their medication properly.ObjectiveTo identify the information needs and patient perceptions of the quality of medication information available in hospitals in the Netherlands.SettingCardiology, oncology, or rheumatology department of five hospitals.MethodsAdult cardiology, oncology, and rheumatology patients participated in this mixed-method study. Focus groups and individual interviews were held to identify patients' views on the medication information and their information needs. Outcomes were used to construct a questionnaire that was used in a survey among patients to compare existing medication information with patients' needs, and to judge the quality of the provided information.Main outcome measurePatients needs with medication information.Results Four themes derived from interviews with 44 patients: (1) Content; almost all patients acknowledged to receive insufficient information not meeting their personal needs. (2) Moment of delivery;patients were dissatisfied with the timing.(3) Method of delivery; patients highly preferred verbal and written information. (4) Contextual quality prerequisites that should be met according to patients; medication information should beaccessible, comprehensive, reliable and understandable. A total of352 patients completed the questionnaire.Almost all patients reported all items as important, whereas up to 74.6% patients were not informed. Up to half of the patients perceived verbal information from healthcare providers, written information of leaflets and folders of insufficient quality. ConclusionPatients attending Dutch hospitals have needs for extensive medication information, which should be tailored to their individual needs. According to patients the quality of medication information available in hospitals can be improved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1396-1404
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020


  • decision-making
  • medication information
  • medicines
  • mixed methods
  • outpatient
  • patient education
  • pharmaceutical care
  • satisfaction
  • Mixed methods
  • Patient education
  • Medication information
  • Pharmaceutical care
  • Outpatient

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