Patient Information Leaflet

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Patient information leaflets – content, design, layouts and advisory labels :

Patient information leaflets – content , design, layouts and advisory labels www.revolutionpharmd.com

Patient information leaflets:

Patient information leaflets Medicines are the most common intervention in the health care, and their safe and effective use depends on a number of factors. Notable among the factor is that people taking medicines need to have appropriate information. This includes information about how to take medicines safely and effectively, and about the possible benefits and harms that can result from taking a medicine. To supply drug information using documents that include easily understandable information for patients is one of the important issue to ensure patient safety and the proper use of prescribed drugs. The patient information leaflet is such a useful and efficient way of conveying information to patient in good time for their studies. www.revolutionpharmd.com

Need for the Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) :

Need for the Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) Improves the patients understanding and recall of the things they have been told. It is rare to understand and remember everything you are told at once in any situation, patients under stress are even more likely to miss or forget things if they are only told once. Improves the patient’s compliance. This helps the health care service to run smoothly as well as helping the patients. G ives patients the skill and clear approach throughout the treatment. Also serves as a part of patient counseling program. www.revolutionpharmd.com

General Guidelines for the preparation:

General Guidelines for the preparation In broad terms this covers : A description of the topics i.e. condition , medication, treatment or procedure. Who the leaflet is for; Causes , symptoms, risks or side effects, and benefits. Any alternative, including the option of what patients can do for themselves. How to access the service and availability. Should include : Organization details who have prepared the leaflets, contact address, phone no. and mail I.D; Further sources of information. Statement that a large print or the leaflets can be provided with alternative languages. www.revolutionpharmd.com

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4. Design and Layout Format : T ext should be 12 point ( minimum)/ preferably 14 point font size and justified. Use a light background with dark print for best contrast. Short paragraphs and bullet points are good for ensuring text is clear and easy to read. Keep sentences short and concise (15-20 words) Language : Use everyday “plain” language and avoid the use of medical terms as far as possible. Where it is difficult to avoid medical terms, give an explanation. Avoid using abbreviations , and acronyms; Avoid using trade names. Avoid using what might be seen as discriminatory language, stereotyping or images. www.revolutionpharmd.com

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The review and approval: Check the patient information using patient information assessment tools and reviews by the experts Approval by an appropriate Head of the Department before the submission. Updating : All patient information should regularly be reviewed to ensure that they reflect current best practice, guidelines and standards . www.revolutionpharmd.com

Guidelines on writing pils:

Guidelines on writing pils Identify and Structure the Information Make list of information necessary to be included. Content of leaflet should answer the necessary queries of the patients or the needs of the patients (should not be overload). Ensure Accuracy of Information The patients can also take other sources, so the information in PILs should be reliable. Cite References The references used for the preparation of the leaflet and For further information or references for the patients. Consider Style and Presentation : Readability, design and navigation aids. www.revolutionpharmd.com

Summary:

Summary CARE C be CLEAR – i.e ., relevant information for the patients. A be ACCURATE – be reliable for the patients, take the best source for the information. R make it READABLE – use familiar words active verbs, aim at simplicity. E have EMPATHY – never forget that you are writing for another person. KISS – Keep It Short and Simple. Write in simple everyday language. Use short sentences so that people with reading difficulties can read it easily. www.revolutionpharmd.com

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