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Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]



Title: Experiences of self-medication administration at a small hospital in Sweden

Author: Hardmeier Anna

Institute: Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

Background and Objective: Failure in involving inpatients and changes in medical treatments during the hospital stay can cause medication errors and low adherence. Self-administration enables patients to manage their own medications during the hospital stay, in order to optimize the health care. Previous studies have shown that self-administration results in time and cost benefits. The aim of the study was to examine the experiences of self-medication administration in a small hospital in Sweden.

Design: In this qualitative descriptive study a pharmacist conducted interviews of patients and nurses, in total there were eleven interviews. A quantitative content analysis was performed of the data.

Setting: This study was conducted at Länssjukhuset Ryhov in Jönköping, Sweden in April-May 2015

Main outcome measures: Common themes discussed among the patients and nurses during the interviews where communication, use of medications and control.

Results:  The patients experienced that self-administration enabled the to maintain their daily routines and have control over their medical treatment. The nurses discussed that they could involve more patients to self-administer, then they do today. All nurses agreed to that frequent and direct communication is important, especially when it comes to changes in the drug therapy. Patients previous experiences of the hospital not having their specific medication, was the reason for them to bring their medications to the hospital next time. The nurses experienced that self-administration is not time consuming.

Conclusions: Over all the experiences of self-administration were positive. Yet hazards for development and patient safety risks were determined. Nurses and patients proved to have different experiences of self-administration. The interpretation was that direct communication and control is important for self-administration. Medications are managed in different ways depending on different factors. Several believed that self-administration should be developed in order to increase patient focused treatment

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Pharmaceutical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-268219OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-268219DiVA: diva2:876210
External cooperation
Länssjukhuset Ryhov
Subject / course
Pharmaceutical Biosciences
2015-06-04, BMC, 20:11 (Swedish)
Available from: 2015-12-04 Created: 2015-12-02 Last updated: 2015-12-04Bibliographically approved

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