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Frail elderly patients in primary care-their medication knowledge and beliefs about prescribed medicines.

  • Sara Modig
  • Jimmie Kristensson
  • Anna Kristensson Ekwall
  • Ingalill Rahm Hallberg
  • Patrik Midlöv
Publishing year: 2009
Language: English
Pages: 151-155
Publication/Series: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Volume: 65
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Springer

Abstract english

PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to describe elderly patients' knowledge about and attitudes towards their medicines in Swedish primary care. METHODS: Thirty-four patients aged 65 years and above with multiple illnesses were included. Medication knowledge was assessed with a questionnaire measuring knowledge about indication and possible adverse effects for each medicine. Attitudes were investigated with the Beliefs about Medicines Questionnaire. RESULTS: The indication of at least 75% of their medicines was known to 71% of the patients. Patients with polypharmacy and multi-dose drug distribution respectively had significantly less knowledge. Eighty-four percent had no knowledge about possible adverse effects. For 93% of the patients, the benefits of the medication outweighed the costs (concerns). No correlation was found between attitudes and knowledge. CONCLUSIONS: The knowledge about indication was higher than previously seen, but the knowledge about possible adverse effects was poor. The patients had strong beliefs in the benefits of their medication.


  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology


  • ISSN: 1432-1041
Ingalill Rahm Hallberg
E-mail: ingalill [dot] rahm_hallberg [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Professor emerita

Health-promoting Complex Interventions