Problems in understanding prescription labels

Percept Mot Skills. 1989 Aug;69(1):291-4. doi: 10.2466/pms.1989.69.1.291.


Reading prescription labels on medication bottles is often confusing. If medication is taken incorrectly, it may have deleterious effects. Questionnaires containing authentic prescription labels were administered to college students to interpret. Analysis suggests that less than half of those surveyed interpreted the labels correctly. Rated confidence in responding seemed to be a function of correctness.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Drug Labeling*
  • Drug Prescriptions*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patient Compliance*
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Reading