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Patient views on an electronic dispensing device for prepackaged polypharmacy: a qualitative assessment in an ambulatory setting

Authors Allemann S, Hersberger KE, Arnet I

Received 22 June 2015

Accepted for publication 1 September 2015

Published 6 November 2015 Volume 2015:4 Pages 167—174


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Jonathan Ling

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Samuel S Allemann, Kurt E Hersberger, Isabelle Arnet

Pharmaceutical Care Research Group, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

Objective: To collect opinions on medication management aids (MMAs) in general and on an electronic MMA (e-MMA) dispensing prepackaged polypharmacy in sealed pouches.
Study setting: The setting involved community-dwelling older adults in Basel, Switzerland, in 2013.
Study design: The study involved 1) a 14-day trial with the e-MMA and 2) a focus group to identify general attributes of MMAs, their applicability to the e-MMA, and possible target groups for the e-MMA.
Data collection methods: Six participants using long-term polypharmacy and willing to try new technologies completed the 14-day trial and participated in the focus group. Inductive content analysis was performed to extract data.
Principal findings: Participants rated ten of 17 general attributes as clearly applicable to the e-MMA and five as unsuitable. Attributes pertained to three interrelating themes: product design, patient support, and living conditions. Envisaged target groups were patients with time-sensitive medication regimens, patients with dementia, the visually impaired, and several patients living together to prevent accidental intake of the wrong medication.
Conclusion: The evaluated e-MMA for prepackaged polypharmacy met the majority of the requirements set for an MMA. Patients' living conditions, such as mobility, remain the key determinants for acceptance of an e-MMA.

Keywords: pharmaceutical care, medication adherence, medication management aids, automated drug dispensing

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