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Patient views on an electronic dispensing device for prepackaged polypharmacy: a qualitative assessment in an ambulatory setting

Allemann, Samuel S. and Hersberger, Kurt E. and Arnet, Isabelle. (2015) Patient views on an electronic dispensing device for prepackaged polypharmacy: a qualitative assessment in an ambulatory setting. Integrated Pharmacy Research and Practice , 4. pp. 167-174.

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Abstract

Objective: To collect opinions on medication management aids (MMAs) in general and on an electronic MMA (e-MMA) dispensing prepackaged polypharmacy in sealed pouches. Study setting: The setting involved community-dwelling older adults in Basel, Switzerland, in 2013. Study design: The study involved 1) a 14-day trial with the e-MMA and 2) a focus group to identify general attributes of MMAs, their applicability to the e-MMA, and possible target groups for the e-MMA. Data collection methods: Six participants using long-term polypharmacy and willing to try new technologies completed the 14-day trial and participated in the focus group. Inductive content analysis was performed to extract data. Principal findings: Participants rated ten of 17 general attributes as clearly applicable to the e-MMA and five as unsuitable. Attributes pertained to three interrelating themes: product design, patient support, and living conditions. Envisaged target groups were patients with time-sensitive medication regimens, patients with dementia, the visually impaired, and several patients living together to prevent accidental intake of the wrong medication. Conclusion: The evaluated e-MMA for prepackaged polypharmacy met the majority of the requirements set for an MMA. Patients’ living conditions, such as mobility, remain the key determinants for acceptance of an e-MMA. Keywords: pharmaceutical care, medication adherence, medication management aids, automated drug dispensing
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Pharmazeutische Wissenschaften > Pharmazie > Pharmaceutical Care (Hersberger)
UniBasel Contributors:Arnet, Isabelle and Hersberger, Kurt E. and Allemann, Samuel S
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Dovepress
e-ISSN:2230-5254
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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