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Web-based education of the elderly improves drug utilization literacy: a randomized controlled trial
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Medicine and Optometry. Linnaeus University, Linnaeus Knowledge Environments, Sustainable Health. (eHälsoinstitutet;eHealth Institute)
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Medicine and Optometry.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Medicine and Optometry. (eHälsoinstitutet;eHealth Institute)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4295-7201
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Medicine and Optometry. Linnaeus University, Linnaeus Knowledge Environments, Sustainable Health. (eHälsoinstitutet;eHealth Institute;DISA;DISA-IDP)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1549-2469
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2021 (English)In: Health Informatics Journal, ISSN 1460-4582, E-ISSN 1741-2811, Vol. 27, no 1, p. 1-15Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Sustainable development
SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to explore the effects of web-based education in the field of drug utilization on elderly individuals’ knowledge of, concerns about and self-assessed understanding of drug utilization. The 260 included participants were randomized to a control group or an intervention group. To assess drug utilization literacy, we used a questionnaire containing 20 multiple-choice questions on drug utilization and ten statements about drug utilization (to which participants graded their response using a Likert scale: two about common concerns and eight about their self-assessed understanding of drug utilization). The Beliefs about Medicines Questionnaire-General was also used. The intervention group scored higher on the knowledge questions (p < 0.001) and on six of the eight statements about self-assessed understanding of drug utilization at the first check after 2 weeks (p < 0.05). At a second check 6 months later, the difference remained for the knowledge questions, but there was no difference in self-assessed understanding of drug utilization between the groups. There were no differences in the concerns about drug utilization or beliefs about medication at any time. We conclude that a web-based education can improve drug utilization literacy in elderly individuals and might contribute to the safer use of medications.

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Sage Publications, 2021. Vol. 27, no 1, p. 1-15
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drug utilization literacy, e-learning, elderly, medication education, web-based education
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
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Health and Caring Sciences, Health Informatics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-100373DOI: 10.1177/1460458220977585ISI: 000645567000042PubMedID: 33446035Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85099996979Local ID: 2021OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-100373DiVA, id: diva2:1520628
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The Kamprad Family FoundationAvailable from: 2021-01-21 Created: 2021-01-21 Last updated: 2023-04-20Bibliographically approved

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