Category Archives: News & Comment

Adherence Approaches: What If We Have the Wrong Focus?

Some adherence approaches aim to motivate patients by imposing opinions. Other approaches draw out motivations from within the patient. So which should be the more important focus? Recipe for Improved Adherence Approaches? A JAMA editorial appeared last week with the title of: “Ingredients of Successful Interventions to Improve Medication Adherence”.  The article suggested that well-designed interventions should be based on four essential approaches – patient knowledge, counseling and accountability, self-monitoring,… Read More »

Changing Patient Beliefs is Key to Better Adherence

To promote better adherence, should greater emphasis be placed on changing patients’ beliefs? This post explores why changing beliefs may be a key component in interventions to improve medication adherence. Health Psychology as a Route to Better Adherence A news release on adherence and patient beliefs recently caught my eye. It came from Atlantis Healthcare, a company that uses health psychology to encourage better adherence. The rationale for this approach… Read More »

Pharmacists Working Hard to Improve Adherence

              Poor medication adherence is a nationwide problem. So which healthcare professionals are working hardest to overcome this issue? The latest NCPA Digest report strengthens pharmacists’ claim to this tag. Strong Pharmacist Support for Adherence Pharmacy chains like Walgreens and CVS have shown strong commitment to improving adherence. Their respective WellTransitions and Pharmacy Advisor programs (see here and here) are examples of this. Now the… Read More »

Interesting New Study on Classifying Non-adherence

New ways of describing adherence behavior types may allow better prediction and management of non-adherence. Commitments to Reduce Non-adherence CVS Caremark is probably best known as one of the largest U.S. pharmacy groups. What may be less well-known are its strong commitments to improve medication adherence. Commitments that include research partnerships with leading academic and hospital centers, like Harvard, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and University of Pennsylvania. A list of… Read More »