Suitability of patient education materials on proton-pump inhibitors deprescribing: a focused review

Eur J Clin Pharmacol. 2020 Jan;76(1):17-21. doi: 10.1007/s00228-019-02779-x. Epub 2019 Nov 6.


Purpose: Engaging patients in the process of deprescribing is a necessity. Several patient education materials have been developed for this purpose. The aim of this study was to assess the suitability of the existing patient education materials for proton-pump inhibitors deprescribing.

Methods: We conducted a targeted inventory of the available materials on scientific literature and known repositories. We evaluated their suitability with the Suitability Assessment of Materials (SAM) instrument. Materials were rated independently by two researchers and then discussed until consensus was reached.

Results: Seven patient education materials were identified. Three materials (42.9%) were deemed "superior" and 4 (57.1%) were deemed "adequate". Ratings were generally good in the categories of content, learning stimulation, motivation, typography and layout. The major weaknesses included the use of inappropriate graphics and the too demanding required reading grade level. These may decrease patient attention and comprehension and therefore the effectiveness of education materials.

Conclusions: Suitability of the patient education materials on proton-pump inhibitors deprescribing is overall satisfactory. Greater attention on readability, graphics and inclusion of summaries will be needed for development of future materials.

Keywords: Deprescriptions; Patient education handout; Primary care; Proton-pump inhibitors.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Deprescriptions*
  • Health Literacy / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Proton Pump Inhibitors / therapeutic use*
  • Teaching Materials


  • Proton Pump Inhibitors