Implementation of an animated medication information tool in community pharmacies, with a special focus on patients with limited health literacy

Authors Boudewijn Visscher , Marcia Vervloet , Ronald te Paske , Liset van Dijk , Eibert Heerdink , Jany Rademakers
Published in International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Publication date 2021
Research groups Innovations in Preventive Care
Type Article

Summary

Objectives: The animated medication information tool ‘Watchyourmeds’ provides information in an accessible manner through animated videos and therefore appears to be especially suitable for people with limited health literacy. This study aimed to assess the implementation of this animated medication information tool in Dutch community pharmacies, with a special focus on patients with limited health literacy. Methods: A cross-sectional survey based on the Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation and Maintenance (RE-AIM) framework was sent to approximately 75% of the ±1900 community pharmacies in the Netherlands through email newsletters of pharmacy networks. Key findings: 140 pharmacists (⁓10%) completed the survey and 125 of them (89%) indicated that they offered the animated medication information tool to their patients. 108 pharmacists indicated that the tool was offered to all patients, not only to patients with limited health literacy. The distribution method was primarily passive (patients were given a leaflet and were not explicitly pointed to or informed about the tool). Two frequently cited motivations for offering the tool were that it complemented other sources of information and that the health insurer provided a financial incentive. The main reasons patients refused to use the tool were that they had no access to or no affinity for the required technology. Conclusions: This study demonstrated that the tool is used in community pharmacies and that it is offered to all patients, regardless of their presumed health literacy level. A more active method of offering the tool may be warranted to better reach patients with limited health literacy.

Language English
Published in International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Key words health literacy, medication information, community pharmacies

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