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 »

Improving Adherence: Factors Affecting Progress

To speed up improvements in adherence, we need to focus on factors that most impact progress. But which are those factors? This post considers five potential blocks to improvement and assesses their relative effects.  Barriers to Improving Adherence A previous post (see here) suggested five factors that may be slowing advances in medication adherence. These are: Maybe some key adherence information pieces are still missing? Perhaps there’s poor understanding among… Read More »

Why So Little Progress in Improving Adherence?

How can we reenergize efforts to improve medication adherence? Figuring out what’s impeding progress would be a great start. Through looking back to the WHO 2003 report, this post suggests 5 key questions that need to be answered. ‘Back to the Future’? It’s over 10 years since the WHO released its report “Adherence to Long-Term Therapies: Evidence for Action”. This critical, evidence-based review remains one of most relevant, most complete… Read More »

Physicians and Adherence: the Bad, and the Ugly

Physicians are very well placed to drive improvements in medication adherence. But are they fully engaged in the task? This is the second in a two-part post exploring this question. Part one, ‘the Good’, is here. This second part focuses on: ‘the Bad and the Ugly’. The Story So Far Physicians are a critical cog in the adherence machine. With the focus of healthcare moving to ‘value’, doctors have clear… Read More »

Physicians and Adherence: What Does ‘Good’ Look Like?

Physicians are very well placed to drive improvements in medication adherence. But are they fully engaged in the task? This is the first in a two-part post – “Physicians and Adherence: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” – that will explore this question. This part focuses on: What does ‘good’ look like? ‘Volume’-to-‘Value’ and the Role of Adherence With healthcare emphasis shifting to ‘value of care’ and away from… Read More »

Are We Looking at Medication Adherence Through the Right Lens?

Are the adherence solutions we’re currently testing too simple for a highly complex problem? If solving the issue of medication adherence were easy, it would have been fixed years ago. The fact there’s still a way to go underlines just how complex a problem it is. Many articles on adherence echo this point. Adherence – A Complex Problem Take for example the reasons, causes, factors, or barriers that underlie non-adherence… 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 »

Who Will Lead Initiatives to Improve Adherence?

To improve adherence will require healthcare organizations to change the way they work. Such a change may be slow to occur, or may be stalled, when individuals don’t adopt the behavioral shifts needed to make the new approach successful. How important is the role of leadership in making such healthcare changes happen? A recent study suggests the answer is “very important”! Importance of Change Leadership The study explored how three… Read More »

Solutions to Medication Adherence Are Within Reach

Adherence360 strives to improve medication adherence by promoting broad-based, multidisciplinary thinking and discussion; based on 360-degree viewpoints. Medication Adherence Is a Vital Healthcare Issue. The bottom line for patients who do not take their medications as prescribed is clear. It results in poorer health, more visits to emergency departments, and more admissions to hospital. Use of these extra healthcare services also adds to costs. A recent estimate  puts those added costs at around… Read More »