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The neglected barrier to medication use: a systematic review of difficulties associated with opening medication packaging.

Angel M, Bechard L, Pua YH, et al. The neglected barrier to medication use: a systematic review of difficulties associated with opening medication packaging. Age Ageing. 2022;51(10):afac225. 10.1093/ageing/afac225

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November 16, 2022
Angel M, Bechard L, Pua YH, et al. Age Ageing. 2022;51(10):afac225.

People taking medications at home may have difficulty opening packaging which can result in improper, dangerous storage practices. This review includes 12 studies where participants were observed opening a variety of medication packages (e.g., blister packs, child-resistant containers). While all studies reported participant difficulty, no consistent contributory factors were identified, and the methodological quality of all studies was typically low. Additional research is required to encourage improvement in medication packaging.

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Angel M, Bechard L, Pua YH, et al. The neglected barrier to medication use: a systematic review of difficulties associated with opening medication packaging. Age Ageing. 2022;51(10):afac225. 10.1093/ageing/afac225

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