In the US healthcare system, physicians experience having incomplete or inaccurate medication lists from patients which can lead to adverse drug events for patients. This is partial due to a lack of patient knowledge that all doctors need to be aware of all medications, including OTC and supplements (vitamins, herbal, etc.).
Julia and I are working with Cayuga Health Partners in Tompkins, Skylar, and Cortland counties to create three products: (1) a joint medication list, which patients can carry and provided to physicians to help maintain up-to-date medication records; and (2-3) separate, population-specific products to increase awareness of and knowledge on how to use medication lists. I am targeting adults 18 years to 50 years with few to no known medical conditions to explain the benefits of maintaining a medication list to address the barriers of perceived susceptibility and preconceived attitudes that they are only for older populations. The comic will reinforce the message by being both eye-catching and providing an opportunity for observational learning.
Note for draft: Box 4 will have the picture of the actual medication template on the screen once that is completed.
- We are trying to keep the characters as inclusive as possible by both having gender-neutral characters and physical appearance diversity. How successful is that at this point and do you have further recommendations for what to do to achieve that goal?
- Is the comic visually and emotionally engaging?
- Is the language natural and appealing?
- Are there any confusing elements?
Hi! I can't stay long since I have my yearly checkup later today.
Oh, I just had mine last week!
My doctor told me that vitamins, supplements, and herbs can react with other medicines. For example, allergy meds, birth control, and antibiotics.
For example, melatonin supplements can interact with Benadryl or some antidepressants. This can cause drowsiness, confusion or dizziness.
It's important for all doctors to know all of the medicines we take, so we can avoid unwanted effects.
Don't forget to let your doctor know about that new herbal tea you've started using!
Since it is hard to remember all the medicines, supplements, and herbs I use everyday, I use a medication list to stay organized.
Thanks for the info- that sounds great!
It's really easy! You can go here to get your own template!
Hi! I am here for my appointment and I have my medication list.
That's great! This list will save us some time and make sure you are safer!