A method for decreasing patients' medication errors

Psychol Med. 1976 Nov;6(4):599-601. doi: 10.1017/s0033291700018237.


Eighty anxious and eighty depressed patients were assigned randomly to receiving one of three versions of an information leaflet about their medication, or to receiving no leaflet at all. Mean medication errors were reduced from 15 to 4% by provision of suitably constructed leaflets. The results show the practical importance of informing patients about their medication and of paying attention to the difficulty level of any leaflets issued.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Antidepressive Agents / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Medication Errors*
  • Mental Disorders / drug therapy
  • Pamphlets*
  • Patient Compliance*
  • Patient Education as Topic*
  • Tranquilizing Agents / therapeutic use


  • Antidepressive Agents
  • Tranquilizing Agents