SelfCare Focus: a selection of newly published papers on self-care from the worldwide literature. 3. Visual acuity, literacy, and unintentional misuse of nonprescription medications

Visual acuity, literacy, and unintentional misuse of nonprescription medications.

By: Mullen RJ, Curtis LM, O’Conor R, Serper M, McCarthy D, Bailey SC, Parker RM, Wolf MS.

American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy 2018; 75: e213-e220.

Summary: Results of a study of associations between visual acuity and the risk of misuse of OTC acetaminophen products in a sample of community-dwelling adults are reported. Among the study participants (n = 500), 39% had limited literacy and 54% were categorized as having low vision. After controlling for age, race, and prior acetaminophen use, low vision was independently associated with an increased risk of self-dosing errors and misunderstanding of concomitant-use risks.

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