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[ Journal Abbreviation: Pharm.Sci.Asia ]
Mahidol University Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.14456/mujps.2015.10Pharm Sci Asia 2015; 42(2), 71-84

Conformity of Patient-Received Medicine Information towards Understanding in Surabaya-Indonesia Primary Health Centres

A.P. Setiadi1*, S. Supriyanto2, W. Purnomo3

1 Health Sciences Study Program, Public Health Faculty, Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya 60115, Indonesia
2 Health Policy and Administration Department, Public Health Faculty, Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya 60115, Indonesia
3 Biostatistics Department, Public Health Faculty, Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya 60115, Indonesia

Institute of Medicine presented the data on how almost half of Americans had low health literacy in which they hardly understood medicine instructions, possibly leading to therapy failure or unreachable medication safety. Few researches have been done on the patient understanding regarding the received medicine information. Considering that patient understanding has barely left the common ground, the study aspires to evaluate the influence of medicine information both orally and written for enhancing medication safety. It concerns over 200 respondents of 120 toddler’s caregivers and 80 elder patients randomly taken from 40 primary health centres out of 62 located in Surabaya. From each, the respondents consist of three toddler’s caregivers and two elderlies. The data of written medicine information was obtained from observing medicine labels embedded on the patients’ medicines. Simultaneously, the data of oral medicine information was gained while the respondents were receiving medicine from pharmacy staff. The data of patient understanding was derived from the structured interview result after patients obtained medicines. The collected data was analysed descriptively through Pareto principles and PLS SEM v 3.0. Thus, patient understanding at Surabaya’s primary health centres belongs to the quite strong category with its source from the average level of its written and strong level of oral information. Indeed, with the majority of Surabaya’s primary health centres’ patients still adhering to oral/traditional culture, they require oral explanation in terms of absorbing written medicine information.


patient understanding, written medicine information, oral medicine information

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