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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 …

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  • For correspondence: Dr D K Raynor, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, D.K.Raynor{at}

  • Source of funding: National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment Programme.