What's in a name? medication terms: what they mean and when to use them

Wride, Nicholas, Finch, Tracey, Rapley, Tim, Moreira, Tiago, May, Carl and Fraser, Scott (2007) What's in a name? medication terms: what they mean and when to use them. British Journal of Ophthalmology, 91, (11), 1422-1424. (doi:10.1136/bjo.2007.118117).


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To ensure that patients benefit as much as possible from the treatment prescribed to them, we, as physicians, must consider some of the new and novel approaches to medication-taking behaviour. We will present a brief overview of this topic and discuss some of the developments in our understanding. We will also demonstrate how this has been inextricably linked with our use of language. As terminology in this field has evolved, our ability to understand and engage with patients and the medications we prescribe them has shifted, mirroring the fundamental change in the doctor–patient relationship.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1136/bjo.2007.118117
ISSNs: 0007-1161 (print)
1468-2079 (electronic)
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Subjects: R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Health Sciences
ePrint ID: 163575
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
November 2007Published
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2010 10:30
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:29
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/163575

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