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A randomized comparison of the effect of three patient information leaflet models on older patients’ treatment intentions


One hundred and ninety-six patients over the age of 65 years suffering from joint pain were randomised to receive one of three patient information leaflets describing a hypothetical pain medication, a standard textual patient information leaflet (PIL) given out by a pharmaceutical chain, and two alternate forms depicting information with icons and graphs. The results showed that patients randomised to the traditional PIL were less likely to consider taking the hypothetical medication.



Whatley S, Mamdani M, Upshur RE. Br J Gen Pract. 2002; 52(479):483-4.

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