J Korean Acad Community Health Nurs.  2014 Sep;25(3):170-179. 10.12799/jkachn.2014.25.3.170.

Medication Status and the Effects of a Medication Management Education Program for the Elderly in a Community

  • 1Department of Nursing, Daejeon University, Daejeon, Korea. jheyeline@hanmail.net
  • 2Department of Emergency Medical Technology, Daejeon University, Daejeon, Korea.


This study investigated medication status by examining the effects of a medication management education program on the knowledge of medications and medication misuse behaviors in the elderly in a local community.
This study used a non-equivalent control group quasi-experimental design. For the study, 116 subjects were assigned to the control group and another 116 subjects were assigned to the experimental group. The medication management education program consisted of 1:1 education, practice in medication management, consultation, and discussion. Data were analyzed using the SPSS 21.0 program.
Statistically significant differences were found between the experimental and control groups in terms of their knowledge of medications and medication misuse behaviors.
The results indicate that the medical management education program is effective in improving the knowledge of medications and decreasing medication misuse behaviors. Therefore, this education program can be used as an intervention to improve the medication behaviors of the elderly in local communities.


Elderly; Medication Therapy Management; Education; Prescription Drug Misuse

MeSH Terms

Medication Therapy Management
Prescription Drug Misuse


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