In this section, we will provide a brief summary and a link to the published abstract of newly published papers selected from the worldwide literature as being of particular interest to the SelfCare community.
User testing as a method for identifying how consumers say they would act on information related to over-the-counter medicines
By: Tong V, Raynor DK, Aslani P.
Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy 2017; 13: 476-84.
Summary: This work examined consumer proposed behaviors regarding dosage and storage as a measure of a medicine label’s usability relative to 5 OTC diclofenac labels. Ability to find and understand key points of information using a 13-item questionnaire was determined. 50 consumers were required to state when they would take diclofenac if they had constant back pain from 8 am and where they would store it in their home. Appropriate dosing for constant back pain was reported by 29 consumers. Dosing intervals shorter than the specified 8 h were often reported (n = 19), due to adjusting intervals to accommodate up to the maximum of 8 tablets in 24 h, desire for pain relief, and/or pragmatic dosing (e.g. around bedtime). Only 29 consumers stated completely appropriate storage location examples.