Role of the nurse in helping patients to effectively manage their medications on their own

Sue last Professor, School of Health Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton, England

Why should you read this article:
  • To improve your understanding of effective medication self-management

  • Identify how issues such as polypharmacy and non-adherence to treatment regimens could be addressed

  • Recognize the importance of shared decision making and person-centered care to help patients manage their medications on their own

Medication is an integral part of the effective management of many clinical conditions. As people live longer, many will experience multiple long-term conditions and frequently need various prescribed medications. Patients, family members and / or caregivers will often need to manage their medications at home without the assistance of nurses or other healthcare professionals. Additionally, many patients do not adhere to their treatment regimens, either unintentionally due to problems such as memory loss or intentionally due to fear of side effects, for example. This article discusses how nurses in hospital, community, and primary care settings can help patients manage their medications effectively on their own, consistent with the principles of shared decision-making and person-centered care.

Nursing standard.
do I: 10.7748 / ns.2022.e11813

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This article has been externally double-blind peer reviewed and checked for plagiarism using automated software


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Conflict of interest

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Latest S (2022) Role of the nurse in helping patients manage their medications effectively on their own. Standard of nursing care. doi: 10.7748 / ns.2022.e11813

Uploaded: January 10, 2022

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