Medicine information leaflets fail concordance test

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7301.1541 (Published 23 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1541
  1. D K Theo Raynor (D.K.Raynor@leeds.ac.uk), professor of pharmacy practice, medicines, and their users,
  2. Nicky Britten, director of concordance unit
  1. Division of Academic Pharmacy Practice, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT
  2. Department of General Practice and Primary Care, Guy's, King's, and St Thomas's School of Medicine, King's College, London SE11 6SP

    EDITOR—Two initiatives about the use of medicines reflect the growing movement towards involving patients in their health care. The first is concordance, which promotes a model of prescribing based on negotiated agreements that respect the patient's perspective.1 The second is a European directive requiring mandatory patient leaflets with all medicines.2 Manufacturers must produce these comprehensive leaflets, including all datasheet information, in a form understandable to patients. Unfortunately, concordance and such mandatory leaflets seem to be mutually incompatible.

    Concordance requires …

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