Patients' role in reporting adverse drug reactions

Expert Opin Drug Saf. 2004 Jul;3(4):363-8. doi: 10.1517/14740338.3.4.363.


This review discusses the involvement of patients in the reporting of adverse drug reactions (ADRs). Patients benefit from drugs but also experience their adverse effects. Since concerns about the safety of drugs are also patients' concerns, the patient could also play a part in decreasing the risks of drug therapy. Patient interest in the safety aspects of drugs is evident. At an international level, the merits of patient reports are being considered. To date, the literature does not yet provide any actual results in relation to the detection of ADRs by patients. Different considerations regarding ADR reporting by patients are discussed. The authors conclude that we should positively value patients' involvement in drug therapy and their concern regarding possible adverse effects. As a consequence, patients' reports on ADRs should be accepted.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adverse Drug Reaction Reporting Systems
  • Drug-Related Side Effects and Adverse Reactions*
  • Humans
  • Patient Participation*
  • Product Surveillance, Postmarketing / methods*