In-Home Drug Storage by Older Adults

Lori Suet Hang Lo (The Open University of Hong Kong)
Linda Yin King Lee (The Open University of Hong Kong)
Irene Yuen Fung Wong (The Open University of Hong Kong)
Yuen Yan Lai (The Open University of Hong Kong)
Hoi Tong Au (The Open University of Hong Kong)
Tsz Ying Wong (The Open University of Hong Kong)
Chui Ping Chueng (The Open University of Hong Kong)
Wai Lam Shek (The Open University of Hong Kong)
Choi Yi Wong (The Open University of Hong Kong)
Hoi Lam Chan (The Open University of Hong Kong)
Hon Sze Cheuk (The Open University of Hong Kong)
Nga Hing Mark (The Open University of Hong Kong)
Shu Ching Wong (The Open University of Hong Kong)
Wing Yan Cheung (The Open University of Hong Kong)

Abstract


Globally, in-home drug-storage compliance is often unsatisfactory, especially among older adults, and can lead to negative health outcomes. This study used a cross-sectional and descriptive design to examine in-home drug-storage compliance among older adults. Convenience sampling was used to recruit 117 older adults in Hong Kong. An in-home drug-storage checklist was used to assess the in-home drug-storage environments (light, temperature, and humidity) and drug-storage methods (drug safety, packaging, information, and expiration) of each older adult. The findings showed that Hong Kong older adults’ overall compliance rate in drug storage was 87.25%, and their compliance rate for drug-storage methods (84.59%) was lower than that for drug-storage environments (97.02%). Older adults who were of advanced age, who were less educated or who lived alone demonstrated lower in-home drug-storage compliance. This indicates the need to revise existing health-education strategies to encourage in-home drug-storage compliance. Healthcare professionals should assess older adults’ drug-storage compliance to identify less compliant subgroups and deliver specific drug-storage support as required. Family members should also be involved in this process.


Keywords


Drug storage, Compliance, Older adults, Home

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30564/jgm.v2i3.2469

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