Evaluation of information given to rheumatology patients using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs


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Abstract

SummaryThis paper reports the findings of a study of information given to rheumatology patients using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.One hundred and twenty patients were randomized to three groups. Group A received an information leaflet, Group B received both a leaflet and a verbal explanation and Group C received only a verbal explanation.Information was gathered on demography, knowledge base, sources of information, satisfaction with the leaflet and further information requirements.Data were collected by questionnaires which were completed before randomization and 8-12 weeks later.Analysis indicates the potential benefits of giving information to patients although the full implications of these benefits are not clear and further research is indicated in this important area.

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