The practice of prescribing: Discovering differences in what we tell patients about prescription medications

Christy J.W. Ledford, Marc A. Childress, Christopher C. Ledford, Heather D. Mundy

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Objective: This study explored patient recall of clinician presentation of information about prescription medication, looking specifically for communication patterns and differences by patient individual characteristics and by medication availability type. Methods: A cross sectional survey collected information about 216 patients' perceptions of clinician presentations of medication information. Results: Demographically, males recalled receiving more information about reasons, risks, and regimen in medication discussions. By medication type, patients reported receiving more medication information when the clinician presented a prescription-only medication as opposed to a medication that was also available over the counter. Conclusion: Given the broad and unmonitored use of over-the-counter products, coupled with the increasing awareness of risks associated with many of these medications, it is concerning that patients report receiving less information about these products. Practice implications: The emphasis on appropriate medication counseling should not be limited to medications available only by prescription. Prescribers should be mindful of these potential tendencies when discussing medications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-260
Number of pages6
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Patient-provider
  • Prescription medication
  • Survey methodology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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