Medication packs probe

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RESEARCHERS from Sheffield’s two universities are investigating the impact of poor design on medication packaging in a bid to improve prescriptions for patients.

Dr Alaster Yoxall, from Sheffield Hallam, and Elena Maria Rodrigues-Falcon, from the University of Sheffield, are quizzing patients, pharmacists and practitioners on the physical barriers that stop people taking their prescribed medicines.

The pair will be talking about their research at the Design 4 Health conference next month.

They are trying to spread the message that simple changes to packets could help more people take their medication correctly.

The conference takes place in the Sheffield Institute of Arts gallery in Sheffield Hallam University’s Furnival Building on Arundel Street from July 11 to July 15.

The event will also feature work from a host of other areas including Sheffield Hallam’s Design Futures team.