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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Medicine Information Leaflets: Help Or Hinder The Understanding Of Users? [bulas De Medicamentos E Profissionais De Saúde: Ajudam Ou Complicam A Compreensão Dos Usuários?]
Author: Volpato L.F.
Martins L.C.
Mialhe F.L.
Abstract: The non-adherence to and non-compliance with the prescribed course of medication are considered serious public health problems that may threaten the effectiveness of therapy. This paper reports a literature search, in the Medline database, for data on the design of package inserts (drug information leaflets) and their effect on patient understanding of the use of medicines. The following points were noted among the results: users have difficulty in understanding the information in the leaflets, illustrations help the patient to understand, adhere to and comply with the treatment and illustrations with written or verbal information are beneficial. It was concluded that the incomprehensible language, full of technical jargon and small print, and the lack or misuse of pictures in these leaflets are factors that interfere with adherence. Therefore, the information contained in these inserts should be clear, expressed in plain language, printed in letters of adequate size and should detail how and when to take the drug; in addition, illustrations help the patient to understand the therapy and follow it correctly until the end of the prescribed period.
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Date Issue: 2009
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