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Feasibility of a self-administered survey to identify primary care patients at risk of medication-related problems.
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PMID:  24591839     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Pharmacists working in primary care clinics are well positioned to help optimize medication management of community-dwelling patients who are at high risk of experiencing medication-related problems. However, it is often difficult to identify these patients. Our objective was to test the feasibility of a self-administered patient survey, to facilitate identification of patients at high risk of medication-related problems in a family medicine clinic.
METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional, paper-based survey at the University of Alberta Hospital Family Medicine Clinic in Edmonton, Alberta, which serves approximately 7,000 patients, with 25,000 consultations per year. Adult patients attending the clinic were invited to complete a ten-item questionnaire, adapted from previously validated surveys, while waiting to be seen by the physician. Outcomes of interest included: time to complete the questionnaire, staff feedback regarding impact on workflow, and the proportion of patients who reported three or more risk factors for medication-related problems.
RESULTS: The questionnaire took less than 5 minutes to complete, according to the patient's report on the last page of the questionnaire. The median age (and interquartile range) of respondents was 57 (45-69) years; 59% were women; 47% reported being in very good or excellent health; 43 respondents of 100 had three or more risk factors, and met the definition for being at high risk of a medication-related problem.
CONCLUSIONS: Distribution of a self-administered questionnaire did not disrupt patients, or the clinic workflow, and identified an important proportion of patients at high risk of medication-related problems.
Mark J Makowsky; Andrew J Cave; Scot H Simpson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2014-02-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of multidisciplinary healthcare     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1178-2390     ISO Abbreviation:  J Multidiscip Healthc     Publication Date:  2014  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-03-04     Completed Date:  2014-03-04     Revised Date:  2014-03-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101512691     Medline TA:  J Multidiscip Healthc     Country:  New Zealand    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  123-7     Citation Subset:  -    
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