Improvement in drug compliance by medical consultation at a Pharmacist Outpatients' Clinic (Part 2)

Toyokazu Maruyama, Shinichi Sugiura, Jun Kojima, Yoshiaki Arimasa, Yohko Satoh, Kenji Kanaji, Tadashi Matsumura, Kiyoshi Ohsumi, Kiyofumi Yamada, Toshitaka Nabeshima

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Abstract

A "Pharmacist Outpatients' Clinic" was set up in April 1990 at the Maizuru Municipal Citizens' Hospital to provide medical consultations based on the physician's written requisition for consultation and the patient's case records, as part of a team-based treatment programme. This led to improved compliance which increased significantly from 72.7% to 85.5% (p<0.001). In October 1995, the clinic further established a system in which "Drug Guides" were provided to patients during consultations. This further improved compliance from 83.4% to 86.6%, although this was not statistically significant (p = 0.368). Later, a new service was offered in which "Drug leaflets" containing individualized information were handed to patients during consultations. This further improved compliance, increasing significantly from 84.8% to 94.9% (p<0.05). One year later, compliance had further increased to 95.6% and three years later this value was 95.2%. Our results suggest that a patient-oriented drug information service is an effective and highly important method of improving drug compliance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-33
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Applied Therapeutic Research
Volume4
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01-12-2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pharmacology

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    Maruyama, T., Sugiura, S., Kojima, J., Arimasa, Y., Satoh, Y., Kanaji, K., Matsumura, T., Ohsumi, K., Yamada, K., & Nabeshima, T. (2003). Improvement in drug compliance by medical consultation at a Pharmacist Outpatients' Clinic (Part 2). Journal of Applied Therapeutic Research, 4(3), 25-33.