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Food Packaging Design Accessibility Guidelines

The Food Packaging Design Accessibility Guidelines were originally developed by Arthritis Australia and Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Principal Research Scientist Dr Brad Fain for HealthShare NSW. The guidelines were part of a program designed to address issues patients had with opening portion controlled food packaging, which impacted their independence and nutrition. The guidelines were a […]


Interventions to Improve Adherence in Patients with Immune-Mediated Inflammatory Disorders: A Systematic Review

Background In patients with immune-mediated inflammatory disorders, poor adherence to medication is associated with increased healthcare costs, decreased patient satisfaction, reduced quality of life and unfavorable treatment outcomes. Objective To determine the impact of different interventions on medication adherence in patients with immune-mediated inflammatory disorder


Dispensing eye drops from flexible plastic dropper bottles. Part III: Comparison between volunteers and elderly patients

The delivery of drops from flexible plastic dropper bottles by ten healthy volunteers was compared to that by six elderly patients aged 50 years or older. During the dispensing of the drops the air pressure inside the bottle, the weight of the drops and the time necessary to dispense a drop were registered. The influence […]


The difficulty of opening medicine containers in old age: A population-based study

Objectives: To investigate elderly people’s ability to open medicine containers, and how this ability correlates to some common disorders that may cause functional or cognitive impairment. Methods: Cross-sectional study of older people age 81 years and older, from the second follow-up (1994–1996) of the Kungsholmen project, a population based study of very old people in an urban area […]


Critical factors in opening pharmaceutical packages: A usability study among healthcare workers, women with rheumatoid arthritis and elderly women

This cross‐sectional study compared the usability of pharmaceutical packages to determine the critical factors involved in packages with different opening mechanisms. Four packaging types (a bottle with a screw cap, a box with a pill plate, disposable plastic droppers with a container and a jar with a hinge cap) were evaluated by 45 women (nurses, […]