Explicit and Standardized Prescription Medicine Instructions

Explicit, standardized instructions to improve patients’ understanding, and possibly reduce errors while improving adherence. These tested instructions for pills follow the Universal Medication Schedule (UMS), which simplifies complex medicine regimens by using standard time periods for administration (morning, noon, evening, and bedtime). These instructions have also been translated into Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese. To improve patients' understanding, and possibly reduce errors while improving adherence, AHRQ grantee Michael Wolf, Ph.D., and colleagues developed and tested a set of explicit, standardized instructions for taking pills. The instructions follow the Universal Medication Schedule (UMS), which simplifies complex medicine regimens by using standard time periods for administration (morning, noon, evening, and bedtime). See link above for instructions, along with translations into five languages. (Internet Citation: Explicit and Standardized Prescription Medicine Instructions. December 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. Click here to see more
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