The use of an element from AHRQ’s Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit can help identify medication problems when patients go to the doctor, according to an AHRQ-funded study. The toolkit’s “Brown Bag Medication Review” was implemented in a rural private practice in Missouri and an urban teaching practice in California. Both practices made the changes recommended in the toolkit to encourage patients to bring all of their prescription and nonprescription medications to office visits. Pre- and post-implementation evaluation revealed a threefold increase in the percentage of patients who brought all their prescription medications to office visits. The percentage of reviews in which drug therapy problems were identified doubled, as did the percentage of medication regimens that were changed as a result of the doctor seeing everything the patient was taking. The authors concluded that the toolkit can provide an easy, low-cost way to identify drug therapy problems. “Improving the Effectiveness of Medication Review: Guidance from the Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit” was published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. Access the abstract.
J Am Board Fam Med. 2016 Jan-Feb;29(1):18-23. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2016.01.150163.
Improving the Effectiveness of Medication Review: Guidance from the Health Literacy Universal PrecautionsToolkit.
Weiss BD1, Brega AG2, LeBlanc WG2, Mabachi NM2, Barnard J2, Albright K2, Cifuentes M2, Brach C2, West DR2.
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Education of Patients; Health Literacy; Medical Errors; Polypharmacy