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Perceptions and attitudes of people with disabilities and older adults about child-resistant drug packaging15/01/2012/Journal for Patient Compliance/Scientific Research
The objective of this research was to explore the perceptions and attitudes of two groups (older adults and people with disabilities) regarding child-resistant (CR) drug packaging. Six participants with disabilities and eight older adults participated in two separate focus groups. Analysis of focus group transcripts revealed two major themes. Firstly, tested designs did not clearly communicate. This failure related to both procedures for opening and information about the safe and effective use of the products. This was a problem of package affordance as well as unclear/confusing directions. The problem was further compounded for users who were blind or visually impaired. Secondly, requisite physical actions were challenging along many dimensions. Sometimes packages required too much force, while in other cases the size of the package or its features were too small.