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Development of a taxonomy of interventions to organise the evidence on consumers' medicines use.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21036505     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVE: Safe, effective (quality) medicines use remains problematic worldwide, yet consumers' medicines use research is not well organised. This creates difficulties for decision makers in identifying evidence or research gaps and in understanding how or why interventions work. Developing a conceptual framework for this evidence helps to organise the evidence for application and raise awareness of the range of possible interventions.
METHODS: To scope the aims of interventions to improve consumers' medicines use we searched for and iteratively analysed policy documents, systematic reviews, and an existing consumer-oriented communication intervention taxonomy.
RESULTS: We identified eight recurrent themes associated with the purpose of the interventions: to inform and educate; to support behaviour change; to teach skills; to facilitate communication and/or decision making; to support; to minimise risk and harms; to involve consumers at the system level; and to improve health care quality.
CONCLUSION: The taxonomy accommodates the complexity and diversity of interventions in this field, by focussing on the purposes of interventions, rather than the intervention type.
PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: Currently used to organise the evidence on consumers' medicines use, the taxonomy provides a conceptual and practical map of the evidence which will aid decision making and future research investment in the area.
Dianne Lowe; Rebecca Ryan; Nancy Santesso; Sophie Hill
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-10-30
Journal Detail:
Title:  Patient education and counseling     Volume:  85     ISSN:  1873-5134     ISO Abbreviation:  Patient Educ Couns     Publication Date:  2011 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-10-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8406280     Medline TA:  Patient Educ Couns     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  e101-7     Citation Subset:  N    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Cochrane Consumers & Communication Review Group, Australian Institute for Primary Care and Ageing, La Trobe University, Australia.
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