Document Type: Original Article

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1 Student Research Committee, School of Paramedical Sciences, Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Rasht, Iran

2 PhD Student in Biostatistics, School of Paramedical Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

3 Department of Toxicology–Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Rasht, Iran

4 Assistant Professor in Reproductive Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Rasht ,Iran

Abstract

Introduction: Medicinal information is given in written or verbal to consumers. Nowadays patients are looking for written information. Medication leaflets are the best kind of education method which can affect the treatment process and how the drug is used. Studying leaflets along with information from physician and pharmacist increases people's knowledge level.
Method: This study was conducted in the Faculty of Paramedical, Nursing and Midwifery of Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Iran. The sample size was determined 300 students. Data were collected through a questionnaire. Data were analyzed using SPSS software.
Results: Participants reported that the physician is the most reliable source for obtaining pharmacological information. Pharmacists, medication leaflets, and the Internet were listed in the following sources. Most students (62.7%) stated that the purpose of reading the leaflets was to find out more information about medicines. The Internet was an alternative source of leaflets for 52.3% of students. From the participants' point of view, the contents of leaflets were sufficient (48.7%), understandable (89.3%) and trustworthy (81%). Studying Leaflets reduced job mistakes (69.3%) of students. Cardiovascular and Neuropsychiatric medication leaflets were the most important leaflets that were studied. Leaflets of non-opioid analgesics were the least important leaflets.
Conclusion: The results of this study showed that students use leaflets along with other sources of pharmaceutical information. The type of medicine and the person's need for type of information associated with the structure and contents of the leaflets have been involved in their study. Studying leaflets can help improve medication use management.

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