Lung diseases, obstructive
Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
Abstract Object of the study was to assess educative needs in the field of drug therapy among 99 chronic patients with advanced chronic lung disease admitted to the Respiratory Service of the Hospital Sta. Creu i Sant Pau (Barcelona, Spain). The knowledge of the patients about their previous drug treatment, sources of information as well as patients' conception of side-effects, was gathered from medical records and by means of a questionnaire. The majority of patients studied were male (63%), aged over 60 years (average 63±12), illiterate or with basic education (88%), had a chronic obstructive, pulmonary disease (76%) and with an important degree of chronicity. They had been treated for their condition during a mean of 8.4 years and took an average of 4.6 drugs. 31% Of patients did not answer any question about their medication properly and only 17% gave a correct answer to all the questions. The lower the age and the higher the educational level, the higher the proportion of correct answers to knowledge questions. 35% Of the patients stated not to have been informed about their medication and 55% stated that they had read the patient package inserts.
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