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Table 4 Percentages of medicines that had complete, readable and comprehensible dosing instructions

From: Patients’ ability to read and understand dosing instructions of their own medicines – a cross sectional study in a hospital and community pharmacy setting

Type of instructions % of medicines
Completenessa Readabilityb Comprehensibilityc
HPS CPS HPS CPS HPS CPS
Name 72.2 94.7 48.3 27.3 40.2 25.8
Dosage form 63.6 96.4 92.9 97.1 98.0 95.9
Strength 81.7 89.8 40.2 36.7 29.9 23.9
Number of units dispensed 99.7 99.8 99.1 98.1 99.0 97.4
Frequency 98.9 99.7 98.8 97.4 98.9 96.6
Duration 0.3 0.7 66.7 88.9 37.2 95.5
Route of administration 0.6 0.8 85.7 81.8 99.5 99.7
Relationship with meals (for applicable medicines) 97.5 99.6 91.9 94.9 88.2 91.4
Special instructions (for applicable medicines) 50.8 54.0 96.8 100.0 68.8 48.0
  1. The number of medicines was used as the denominator a, b, c but varied by medicine type and level of completeness of dosing instructions
  2. anumber of medicines where the relevant dosing instruction was considered to be essential
  3. bnumber of medicines where the relevant dosing instruction was written by the pharmacist
  4. cnumber of medicines where relevant dosing instruction was considered to be essential