Tag Archives: HCP time

For posts in this site, this term specifically relates to limitations on the time HCPs spend with patients. For example, HCP administrative tasks may limit this time, which can adversely affect their ability to deal with adherence issues. Healthcare system changes may be required so HCPs can devote more time to improving adherence.

HCP Solutions to Poor Adherence: Should Logic or Emotion Be the Focus?

When HCPs address issues of poor adherence with their patients, where should their focus lie? Should it be more on logic or on emotion? Here are a few thoughts about why emotion should be front-of-mind. Two recent publications got me thinking again about the roles of emotion and logic in adherence-related decisions. This time from the HCP perspective. HCPs Show Poor Adherence to Treatment Guidelines A report from the Dartmouth… Read More »

3 Ways to Cut through the Adherence Clutter

In the 10+ years since the WHO’s “Evidence for Action” report, little real-world progress in adherence has been achieved. We’re drowning in information, but struggle to convert it into practical solutions. Here are some thoughts on how to cut through all the adherence clutter. More of the Same? No one doubts that adherence is a complex issue to solve. After all, over 50 reasons for non-adherence have been described and… 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 »

Improving Adherence – What Will It Take to Really Move the Dial?

Many recommendations for improving adherence focus on ‘policy’. But are these aimed at the healthcare providers (HCPs) who can make a day-to-day difference? Here are some thoughts on practical approaches that could make big advances in adherence. Need for Practical Approaches to Improving Adherence Numerous healthcare-related bodies have issued numerous reports on ‘policy recommendations’ for improving adherence. They are great documents and they contain many good ideas. However, I can’t help… 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 »