Is your patient convinced of the benefits of his medicines?

Assessing patients' medication beliefs and identifying and addressing patients' concerns, can be an opportunity to improve medication use, to prevent non-adherence and to enhance safe medication practices at home. Four hundred geriatric patients with polypharmacy were surveyed at hospital discharge and two to five days post-discharge. According to participants, the benefits of medication outweighed the disadvantages as the mean necessity score (19.4/25) outweighed the mean concern score (11.9/25).

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