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Standardized Instructions Improve Preop Med Compliance

Posted on Tue, Jul 08, 2014
Standardized Instructions Improve Preop Med Compliance

Instruction sheet, recall of verbal and written instructions tied to better compliance

WEDNESDAY, June 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A standardized, pictorial "Preoperative Patient Medication Instruction Sheet" can improve patient medication compliance on the day of surgery, according to a study published in the July issue of Anesthesiology.

Thomas R. Vetter, M.D., from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues conducted an unmatched case-control study in which patient education/instruction regarding taking medications on the day of surgery continued in the existing, unstandardized manner for the pre-intervention group (PRE-IG; n = 519). Patients in the post-intervention group (POST-IG; n = 531) were given the simplified, multicolored Preoperative Patient Medication Instruction Sheet, which was consistently verbally reviewed with patients.

The researchers found that 60 percent of PRE-IG patients and 74 percent of POST-IG patients were compliant with their preoperative medication instructions on the day of surgery (P < 0.001). Greater patient medication compliance was associated with use of the Preoperative Medication Instruction Sheet (adjusted odds ratio [aOR]; 1.83, P < 0.001), Caucasian race (aOR, 1.74; P = 0.007), and recalling receiving both verbal/written preoperative medication instructions (aOR, 1.51; P = 0.006). Lesser patient medication compliance was associated with older age (aOR, 0.67; P = 0.014) and higher American Society of Anesthesiologists status (aOR, 0.60; P = 0.004).

"A standardized, multicolored, pictorial Preoperative Patient Medication Instruction Sheet, with patient communication in both verbal/written forms, appears to improve patient medication compliance on the day of surgery," the authors write.

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