The Digital Drag and Drop Pillbox: Design and Feasibility of a Skill-based Education Model to Improve Medication Management.

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OBJECTIVE: We present the design and feasibility testing for the "Digital Drag and Drop Pillbox" (D-3 Pillbox), a skill-based educational approach that engages patients and providers, measures performance, and generates reports of medication management skills. METHODS: A single-cohort convenience sample of patients hospitalized with heart failure was taught pill management skills using a tablet-based D-3 Pillbox. Medication reconciliation was conducted, and aptitude, performance (% completed), accuracy (% correct), and feasibility were measured. RESULTS: The mean age of the sample (n = 25) was 59 (36-89) years, 50% were women, 62% were black, 46% were uninsured, 46% had seventh-grade education or lower, and 31% scored very low for health literacy. However, most reported that the D-3 Pillbox was easy to read (78%), easy to repeat-demonstrate (78%), and comfortable to use (tablet weight) (75%). Accurate medication recognition was achieved by discharge in 98%, but only 25% reported having a "good understanding of my responsibilities." CONCLUSIONS: The D-3 Pillbox is a feasible approach for teaching medication management skills and can be used across clinical settings to reinforce skills and medication list accuracy.

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Cited Authors

  • Granger, BB; Locke, SC; Bowers, M; Sawyer, T; Shang, H; Abernethy, AP; Bloomfield, RA; Gilliss, CL

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 5

Start / End Page

  • E14 - E20

PubMed ID

  • 28282304

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC5559183

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1550-5049

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/JCN.0000000000000402


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States