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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(7), 720; doi:10.3390/ijerph13070720

Medication Literacy in a Cohort of Chinese Patients Discharged with Acute Coronary Syndrome

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Department of Social Medicine and Health Service Management, Xiangya School of Public Health, Central South University, Changsha 410013, China
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Key Laboratory of Medical Information Research, Central South University, College of Hunan Province, Changsha 410013, China
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Department of Nursing, Third Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha 410013, China
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Department of Coronary Care Unit, Third Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha 410013, China
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Shanghai International Peace Hospital, Shanghai 200030, China
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Received: 19 April 2016 / Revised: 12 July 2016 / Accepted: 12 July 2016 / Published: 15 July 2016
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Abstract

This study aims at investigating medication literacy of discharged patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) in China, and the important determinants of medication literacy among them. For this purpose, we conducted a prospective cohort study. Patient’s demographic and clinical data were retrieved from hospital charts and medication literacy was measured by instructed interview using the Chinese version of Medication Literacy Questionnaire on Discharged Patient between 7 and 30 days after the patient was discharged from the hospital. The results show that medication literacy for the surveyed patients was insufficient: >20% did not have adequate knowledge on the types of drugs and the frequency that they need to take the drugs, >30% did not know the name of and the dosage of the drugs they are taking, and >70% did not have adequate knowledge on the effects and side effects of the drugs they are taking. Our research indicated that medication literacy scores decreased with age but increased with education. The number of medicines the discharged patient took with them and days between discharge and interview were not associated with medication literacy levels. View Full-Text
Keywords: acute coronary syndrome; discharged patients; medication literacy; medication acute coronary syndrome; discharged patients; medication literacy; medication
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Zhong, Z.; Zheng, F.; Guo, Y.; Luo, A. Medication Literacy in a Cohort of Chinese Patients Discharged with Acute Coronary Syndrome. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 720.

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