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  • Assessing The Influence of Home Medication Review on Medication Storage, Self Medication Practices, And Polypharmacy
  • Department of Pharmacy Practice, Srinivas College of Pharmacy, Mangalore, Karnataka, India.

Abstract

The prevalence of medication-related issues, such as improper storage, self-medication practices, and polypharmacy, poses significant public health challenges. This study aimed to assess the impact of home medication reviews on addressing these issues among residents in Dakshina Kannada District. This comprehensive research study assessed the influence of a home medication review (HMR) intervention on medication storage practices, self-medication practices, and polypharmacy. A prospective intervention study was conducted, involving a sample of residents aged 18 years and above in Dakshina Kannada District. Home medication reviews were conducted, focusing on medication storage conditions, self-medication practices, and polypharmacy. Participants' socio-demographic information, medical history, and medication-related behaviors were collected at baseline and post-intervention. The intervention involved personalized counseling, education, and medication optimization. In pre-interventional studies, suboptimal medication storage, high self-medication rates, and polypharmacy were observed. Post-intervention, there was a significant improvement in medication storage practices, a reduction in self-medication rates, and a decrease in polypharmacy prevalence. The HMR intervention effectively promoted optimal medication management, safer medication use, and improved patient outcomes.

Keywords

Home medication review, medication storage, self-medication, polypharmacy, medication management.

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Varshini Y
Corresponding author

Department of pharmacy practice, Srinivas College of Pharmacy, Mangalore, 574143

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Satish S.
Co-author

Department of pharmacy practice, Srinivas College of Pharmacy, Mangalore, 574143

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Shabaraya A.
Co-author

Department of pharmacy practice, Srinivas College of Pharmacy, Mangalore, 574143

Satish S, Varshini Y*, Ramakrishna Shabaraya A, Assessing The Influence Of Home Medication Review On Medication Storage, Self-Medication Practices, And Polypharmacy, Int. J. in Pharm. Sci., 2023, Vol 1, Issue 12, 992-1000. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.10447110

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