Patients’ experiences with multidose drug dispensing: a cross sectional study

Bram J. Mertens, Henk-Frans Kwint, Rob J. van Marum, Marcel L. Bouvy

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Background Automated multidose drug dispensing is used to support patients with their medication management. Though multidose drug dispensing systems are frequently used, little is known about patients’ experiences with multidose drug dispensing systems. Objective To explore patients’ experiences with the initiation and use of multidose drug dispensing systems. Setting A survey was carried out with patients using multidose drug dispensing systems through three community pharmacies. Method A semi-structured interview protocol was designed based on existing literature and a pilot study. Main outcome measures The main outcome measures were (1) patients’ experiences with initiating multidose drug dispensing systems and (2) patients’ experienced advantages and disadvantages of multidose drug dispensing systems. Results The start of multidose drug dispensing was discussed with 76% of the patients (n = 62). Ninety percent of patients expressed the opinion that the multidose drug dispensing system supported them with their medication management. Sixty patients reported 110 advantages, which can be organized into the following categories: improved medication adherence and medication safety (59%); patient’s convenience (40%); and other (1%). Sixty-nine percent of patients reported no disadvantages, 24% had problems opening the bags or outer packaging and 13% had problems with the legibility of the printed text on the bag. Conclusion In concordance with the Dutch guideline, patients are generally involved in the decision to initiate an multidose drug dispensing system. Patients are very satisfied using the system and report multiple advantages. Multidose drug dispensing systems may be further improved by simplifying the manual opening of the bags and improving the legibility of the text on the bags.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104-112
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
Issue number1
Early online date2018
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2019

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