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Review: providing patients with written information about medicines does not guarantee increased knowledge

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 Q Does written information about individual medicines improve patients’ knowledge, attitudes, and behaviour?

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Medline, CINAHL, EMBASE/Excerpta Medica, Cochrane Library, Digital Dissertations, Health Management Information Consortium, Index to Theses, ISI Proceedings, Pharmline, PsycINFO, Sociological Abstracts, and Web of Science (1970–2004); and reference lists.

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English-language, randomised controlled trials (RCTs) that evaluated the effectiveness of printed (eg, leaflets) or electronic (eg, internet) written information about individual medicines (prescription or over-the-counter) provided to patients at any time after the decision to prescribe or purchase the medicine. 36 articles reporting 43 RCTs (n = 9222) met the selection criteria. Quality assessment of individual trials was based on randomisation …

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