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Hospital patients say they are not fully informed about drugs

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 24 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:180
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    A survey of 95 000 inpatients in 176 acute hospitals in England has shown a patchy picture of patients' experiences in the NHS.

    The information, gathered by researchers at the Picker Institute Europe, which is based in Oxford, found that only 28% felt they had been completely informed about the drugs they would be taking after discharge. Forty three per cent felt that they had only been partially informed or not informed at all. The remaining 30% felt they did not need any explanation of possible side effects.

    Asked whether doctors or nursing staff talked about …

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