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Pharmacy students' reflections on a 'mock medicines' activity: Exploring intentional and unintentional nonadherence

Mantzourani, Efthymia ORCID:, Potter Floyd, Georgia and James, Delyth 2017. Pharmacy students' reflections on a 'mock medicines' activity: Exploring intentional and unintentional nonadherence. Pharmacy Education 17 (1) , pp. 1-7.

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Objective. To engage pharmacy students in a ‘mock medicines’ teaching activity to increase their understanding of the patients’ perspectives of medicine-taking. To explore students’ awareness of intentional reasons for non-adherence. Methods. Students were given one of five different dosing regimes and asked to take the mock medicine (TicTacs©) over a one-week period. They completed a data capture form to log each dose taken or missed and provide reasons for this. An adherence score was calculated and all feedback transcribed for further analysis. Results. Seventy-six out of 115 students submitted forms, where adherence ranged from 4 to 100% (mean 88.7, SD=19.77). Nine factors relating to unintentional non-adherence were identified compared to only one for intentional non-adherence. Conclusions. Students engaged well with this activity showing a high percentage adherence but this was not related to the complexity of dosing schedule. Students demonstrated more awareness of the unintentional reasons for non-adherence than intentional.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Pharmacy
Subjects: R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Uncontrolled Keywords: Patient perspectives, intentional non-adherence, unintentional non-adherence, mock medicines, pharmacy undergraduate education
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1560-2214
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 6 February 2017
Date of Acceptance: 23 November 2016
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2023 08:14

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