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Table 6 Facilitators, barriers and suggestions regarding the trial medication (views of patients and health professionals)

From: Pelargonium sidoides root extract for the treatment of acute cough due to lower respiratory tract infection in adults: a feasibility double-blind, placebo-controlled randomised trial

Facilitators Barriers Suggestions
(17) would prefer tablets as are easier to take (10) missed doses • keep Antibiotics prescription separate from HATRIC folder
• enhance the PIS to explain use of Antibiotics and trial meds
(14) used strategies to remind them to take the trial medication (9) experienced side effects
(6) had difficulties with timing (30mins before meals)
• Offer reminding strategies
• take medication with or after meal
(6) used strategies to dispense the liquid drops (6) had difficulties in dispensing the drops
(3) had difficulties in measuring the drops
• provide appropriate measure: dripper, small container, teaspoon, top, etc.
• better ways of dispensing, explain about shaker bottle
• make it more concentrated
(1) nurse warned about the taste (5) reported unusual/unpleasant taste • improve the taste
• give only tablets