Tag Archives: Behavior change

When used in this site, behavior change specifically relates to improving adherence. For example, to improve adherence healthcare groups and individuals within these groups will need to change the way they work. And patients will need to change the way they take their medications.

Behavioral Economics: A Promising New Way to Improve Adherence

Behavioral economics describes and predicts how common biases influence our decision-making. An understanding of these biases opens up promising new ways to improve adherence. Read on to find out more. Patient motivation is a key factor for improving adherence. My last post presented reasons for including Motivational Interviewing into any adherence improvement plan; to boost patients’ internal motivation to adhere. Now here’s another way to approach the motivation issue. An… Read More »

Motivational Interviewing: 6 Reasons It’s Key to Adherence

Patient motivation is a critical to the success of any adherence intervention. Without it, patients lack the energy or desire to follow through on recommended solutions. Here are 6 reasons to make Motivational Interviewing a cornerstone of adherence improvement. Patient Motivation Is Pivotal My last post described patient motivation as the ‘fuel’ needed to drive an ‘adherence improvement engine’ (see here for the full story). Without this ‘fuel’, adherence improvement… Read More »

How Can HCPs Improve Patient Motivation to Adhere?

Lack of patient motivation is a major barrier to adherence; one that may be under-recognized and under-addressed. Yet highly effective ways exist to both assess and improve motivation to adhere. This post explores the available tools to improve patient motivation. Is Patient Motivation an Adherence Deal Breaker? My last post explored the importance of patient motivation as an adherence factor. It concluded that lack of motivation to adhere can be a… Read More »

5 Reasons Why Patient Motivation Is Vital for Adherence

It’s widely accepted that patient motivation is a factor in non-adherence. But just how much of a factor is it? And how does it rank vs other factors? Here are some thoughts on why patient motivation is of primary importance to improving adherence. Improving Adherence Behaviors Isn’t Easy I’d guess we’re all familiar with the old joke about psychiatrists and light bulbs. It goes something like this: Q. How many psychiatrists… Read More »

Simplify Adherence by Identifying Patient Intentions

Progress to improve adherence has been frustratingly slow. Maybe there are just too many options and too much information; making understanding and interpretation difficult? We need to simplify adherence in order to make the breakthroughs needed. Identifying patient intentions can help achieve this. Too Many Pieces in the Adherence Puzzle? Improvements in adherence have been difficult to achieve and progress has been frustratingly slow. To what extent is this lack… Read More »

Adherence Issues: Can Behavior Change Be a Game-Changer?

When physicians talk with patients about adherence issues, attitudes and behaviors should be important topics of discussion. Understanding the best ways to change attitudes and behaviors may be a vital step in improving adherence. Attitudes, Behaviors, and Adherence Discussions Discussions about adherence issues are rarely simple and straightforward. Patients typically have many beliefs and attitudes that influence their adherence behaviors. Some of these may be openly shared. Others may be deeply buried and not so easy to… Read More »

Are We Ignoring Important Adherence Information?

What if all barriers to adherence are not created equal? The immensity of available adherence information may obscure core ‘veto’ barriers that negate common types of intervention. Exploring this idea opens up major new adherence insight opportunities. Hidden Gems of Adherence Information It’s a common enough phrase, but how about if it applies to medication adherence? After years of research, have we gotten to the point where we can’t see… Read More »

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 »

Adherence Initiatives – What Have Payers Done for Us Lately?

Health insurers can undoubtedly influence improvements in medication adherence. So what kinds of adherence initiatives are payers actually sponsoring? Read on for answers based on a sample of five leading payer organizations. The short answer is “a lot”! The five payers reviewed were Aetna, Humana, Kaiser Permanente, United Health, and WellPoint. Sources of information were either corporate websites or web search findings. The results were very interesting! Different approaches across… 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 »