Care Quality Commission says patients not given enough information about medicines

By News team

The NHS should tackle a lack of information given to patients about medicines, the Care Quality Commission has recommended, following publication of an .

The 2009 national survey, published this week, of adult acute hospital inpatients included over 69,000 patients who were discharged from 162 acute and specialist NHS trusts in England before the end of August 2009. The survey shows “significant room for improvement” around the information given to people about medicines, the CQC says.

It reveals that the proportion of patients who said they were not given enough information about the purpose of medicines they were given to take home has steadily increased, from 7 per cent in 2002 to 8 per cent in 2008 and 9 per cent in 2009.

In 2009, 45 per cent of patients said they had not been given enough information about potential side effects of their medicines, up from 44 per cent in 2008 and 2002.

The survey also reveals that the most common reason given for a delay in hospital discharge was waiting for medicines (61 per cent) — the same reason given in the previous CQC survey in 2008.

Two thirds of people surveyed said they were given clear written or printed information about their medicines — an unchanged proportion from 2008. However, just under a fifth said they were not given any information.

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