Medication on everyones’ lips

Citizens provide their knowledge concerning experiences and strategies in everyday life when taking prescribed medication.

Pilot project within the initiative Responsible Science

medication, prescription, management

The project overview

Area of Science: Medicine and Health
Location: independent of location
Used Devices: with PC/Mobile
Equipment of citizen scientists: tablet or computer with internet access or smartphone
Activities of citizen scientists: sharing ideas, other activities
Suitable for: Adults
Project duration: 01.01.2017 - 28.02.2018
Time to join in: 15.04.2017 - 30.06.2017
Expenditure of time: Filling out an online questionnaire about 10 min.

Project objective

The prescription of medication is one of the most common therapeutic actions. For the correct intake of medication, different competences and knowledge are necessary, which can be subsumed under the term health literacy. Medication self-management includes the steps of procuring the medication, understanding the mode of intake, integrating medication intake into everyday life, observing the effect or side effect and maintaining the correct medication intake according to the given time period.

This project aims to develop counselling material to manage the use of medication in the best possible way. Therefore experiences and knowledge are gained when taking medication in everyday life.

Implementation of Responsible Science criteria


Inclusivity of research approach
Through the opportunity for citizens to share their knowledge and experience online, people of all age groups can contribute to this project. In addition, the widest possible diversity of gender as well as the type and extent of the affectedness (simple or complex drug regimen) are taken into account.

Openness of research process
Both websites of the Department of Nursing Science and the Rudolfinerhaus Vienna are presenting the project as well as the results.

Adaptivity of project management
Through the ongoing involvement of the affected person, knowledge is developed in alternating processes between action and reflection. Scientists and affected people learn and profit from each other continuously. According to this circular course, the different project steps are repeatedly checked and adapted.

Anticipation of requirements and effects
By participating in this project, people who regularly take medication are critically addressing their habits of dealing with medication, reflecting opportunities to improve their medication self-management. The focus is on the different challenges involved, from obtaining medication to the correct intake and integration into everyday life. Promoting self-management is an important aspect of health literacy. The increase of health literacy among the population was defined in 2012 as one of the 10 framework health targets („Rahmengesundheitsziele“) for Austria. In addition, the project raises awareness for the Sustainable Development Goal 3 of the UN, which focuses on healthy life and well-being.

How to participate?

The project is aimed at all people who have experience with the regular intake of prescribed medication. Regularly means that medication is taken at least for a period of 2 weeks. Interested persons can participate in an online survey.

What happens to the contributions of citizen scientists?

Experts from nursing practice and science evaluate the collected data. The results are used to develop counselling material. In addition, further research questions are elaborated based on the results.

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