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Researchers find people’s concerns about meds not being addressed

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October 22nd, 2018
Research out of the University of Kent in the United Kingdom showed real concern about a variety of issues amongst people taking medications.

Research out of the University of Kent in the United Kingdom showed real concern about a variety of issues amongst people taking medications.

Researchers at the University of Kent in the United Kingdom set out to learn more about the burden of long-term medications on patients. To do so, they developed a questionnaire called the Living with Medicines Questionnaire (LMQ) and tested it on over 1,800 participants. The LMQ covered eight medication-related topics: relationships with health care providers, practical difficulties, interference with daily life, lack of effectiveness, side effects, general concerns, cost, and lack of autonomy.

Significant burden

Not surprisingly, people taking the highest number of medicines frequently throughout the day reported that it placed a significant burden on their lives. Side effects were noted as a particular concern.

Other findings from the LMQ showed that, overall, up to 16% of participants said their medicines interfered with at least one aspect of their daily lives. Thirty percent thought their lives revolved around their medicines. Over 25% of people wanted more information about their medications and a greater input into the brands that were prescribed. Over half of respondents reported concerns about long-term adverse effects.

The researchers say their results highlight the need for health care providers to investigate and address patient’s questions and concerns about all medications.

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